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File snakes

Etymology: 'Achrochordus-family', after the sole genus in this family.
Notes: Two of the three species in this family are found in Australia. The third, Acrochordus javanicus, is found in coastal regions of India and Ceylon and across the Indo-Australian islands out to the Solomon Islands.

All of this family's species are completely aquatic and on land they move with "all the elegance of a wet sock".1
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Live-bearing - 2 out of 2 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: little file snake (Acrochordus granulatus) at 60 cm
Longest Australian species: Arafura file snake (Acrochordus arafurae) at up to 250 cm
Number of Australian genera: 1
Number of Australian species: 2
Genus name Australian species
Acrochordus 2
1 2
  1. Wilson, Stephen K. & Swan, Gerry (2008). A complete guide to reptiles of Australia. Reed New Holland. 512 pp - search web for this book
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