1A widespread but rarely seen nocturnal African constricting snake which is triangular in cross section with rough scales, giving it the appearance of a three-cornered file.
Genus Mehelya, family Colubridae; several species‘Snakes really are rather wonderful - I saw file snakes, puff adders and huge pythons.’
- ‘Large fat reptiles, the file snakes have folds of skin with a rasp-like texture.’
- ‘These reptiles, called file snakes, are totally aquatic.’
- ‘When anchored underwater, file snakes are able to strike at passing fish on the menu.’
2another term for wart snake
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