One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large aquatic fish-eating snake with coarse-textured scales which give it a file-like appearance, native to SE Asia and Australia.
Family Achrochordidae and genus Achrochordus: three species, e.g. the Asian wart snake (A. arafurae)Also called file snake
- ‘Also known as wart snakes or elephant-trunk snakes, the file snakes have baggy skin that lies in loose folds.’
- ‘The Asian wart snakes of India, south east Asia, New Guinea and Australia have scales that lie next to each other and each have a sharp ridge.’
- ‘If they are the banded wart snakes they make good display snakes and require slightly brackish water.’
- ‘The hides of six snake species (especially pythons and wart snakes) are commonly bought and sold in the skin trade.’
- ‘He said true sea snakes, annulated sea snakes, ornate sea snakes, Viperine sea snakes, Persian Gulf sea snakes, wart snakes were among the new species recorded in Gulf of Mannar area.’
- ‘Acrochordus javanicus is also known as the wart snake and the karung.’
- ‘The nonpoisonous variety of snakes include the common blind snake, the Russell sand boa, the Indian python, and the Indian wart snake.’
- ‘The Javan wart snake is found on the coastal regions of India and Ceylon, and also across the Indo-Australian islands as far as the Solomons.’
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