arafura file snake

This species has amazingly loose skin. They 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 immobilised 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.

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


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