Preferred Scientific Name; Acrochordus javanicus. Preferred Common Name; Javan Filesnake. Taxonomic Tree; Domain: Eukaryota; Kingdom. Geographic Range. 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. Acrochordus javanicusJavan File Snake, Elephant Trunk Snake. Facebook. Twitter. KingdomAnimaliaanimals. Animalia: information (1) ยท Animalia: pictures.

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Most of the time, the snake stays under the water surface, and it can do so for up to 40 minutes continously.

Acrochordus javanicus has a coastal living habitat like riversestuaries and lagoons. Snakes of the World: Snakes of the World: Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum Nat.

These extinct filesnakes date from million years ago during the Miocene, only a few million years after acrlchordus Indian plate crashed into Asia to form the Himalayas.

However, its head is only as wide as its acrochotdus. Life is Short, but Snakes are Long. Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Tweet Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator.

Phylogeny and divergence times of filesnakes Acrochordus: Boinae and Acrochordoidea Reptilia, Serpentes. Views Read Edit View history.

There are no ventral scales. Sometimes it will forage both during the day and at night. The Javan wart snake lives in the brackish zone of rivers, streams, and estuaries, and it sometimes swims short distances into the sea.

It can stay under water javanichs to 40 minutes. Additional Information Encyclopedia of Life. Positive Their skin can be processed for manufacturing leather goods.


Taylor and Francis, printers. Its loose, baggy skin and its sharp scales find their utility by limiting any risk of escape of the prey, in particular fishes which have bodies covered with a viscous, protective mucus. The ventral scales of this snake are of the acrochorcus size and shape as the other scales, unlike other types of snakes that often have enlarged ventral scales. Movements and activity patterns of Arafura filesnakes Serpentes: The snake acrochofdus its prey by folding its body around it, using its prehensile tail and the sharp scales to ensure a firm grip.

Snakes and lizards from Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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A catalogue of the snakes of New Guinea and the Solomons, with special reference to those in the Bernice P. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts. It spends most of its life under water and rarely goes on land. Acrochordus javanicuscommonly known as the elephant trunk snake or the Javan file snakeis a species of snake in the family Acrochordidaea family which represents a group of primitive non- venomous aquatic snakes.

Male filesnakes mature around six years old, females around nine, and years may elapse between consecutive births. Netherlands Journal of Zoology The Javan wart javanius has a muscular body and the male grows up to a length of five feet.

Elephant trunk snake

They can remain submerged for over an hour record 2 h 20 minand surface to take about 5 breaths, about one per minute. Acrochordus javanicus Hornstedt It usually catches its prey by folding its body firmly around the prey.


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Acrochordus javanicus | The Reptile Database

When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Class Sarcopterygii lobe-finned fishes and terrestrial vertebrates. Those head particularities confer to A. Often the snakes are killed immediately by biting their necks. WilliamsJeff Boundy Bilateria bilaterally symmetrical animals. Besides a difference in size, the young can also be distinguished by the irregular, longitudinal blotches on their skin. In the swamps, marshes, streams, and estuaries of northern Australia and southeastern Asia live ancient snakes as thick as your arm, with tongues as thin as a thread, skin as rough as a file, and a disposition as gentle as a lamb.

Reptarium The Reptile Database. Synopsis and Classification of Living Organisms Vol 2: An annotated checklist and key with natural history notes. Accessed December 31, at https: Large Javan Filesnakes give birth to as many as 52 young at once, although the average is closer to It is found in fresh and brackish water on the Malay Peninsula and on the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Borneo and was introduced to Florida in the s, although it does not appear to have established there.

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