Common names: Arafura File snake, Elephant Trunk Snake.

Acrochordus arafurae is an aquatic snake species found in northern Australia and New Guinea. No subspecies are currently recognized.[1]


Adults grown to 8.25 ft (2.5 m) in length.[2] They have amazingly loose skin and are known to prey on large fish, such as eel-tailed catfish. Females are usually larger than males and they have been known to give birth to up to 17 young. The indigenous peoples of northern Australia often hunt these snakes as they are quite common. As the snakes are near immobilized without the support of water the hunters merely throw each newly caught snake on the bank and continue hunting until they have enough. In New Guinea the skin is used to make drums.

See alsoEdit

  • Wiki-comments
     Acrochordidae by common name
  • Wiki-comments
     Acrochordidae by taxonomic synonyms


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  2. Burnie D, Wilson DE. 2001. Animal. Dorling Kindersley. 624 pp. ISBN 0-7894-7764-5.

External linksEdit

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