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Arafura File Snake

Arafura file snake is a non-venomous, freshwater snake species endemic to northern Australia and New Guinea.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Acrochordidae
    Genus Acrochordus
    Scientific Name Acrochordus arafurae

    Other Names Elephant Trunk Snake or Wrinkle File Snake.
    Length Up to 8.25 ft (2.5 m)
    Color Light brown or gray with black or dark brown reticulations on the dorsal and ventral surface of the body; underneath is lighter
    Distribution Coastal areas of northern Australia and New Guinea
    Habitat Backwater lagoons, billabongs, flooded grasslands, mangroves, aquatic vegetation
    Diet Fishes
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates in winter
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season August
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous(giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size 6 – 27
    Average Lifespan 8.8 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 2nd 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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