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Encyclopedia > Acrochordidae

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Acrochordus granulatus
Acrochordus arafurae
Acrochordus javanicus

Acrochordidae is a family of three species of primitive xenophidian snakes from the Australian and Indonesian regions. All are entirely aquatic, lacking the broad belly-scales found in most other snakes and possessing dorsally located eyes. Their most notable feature is their skin and scales. The skin is loose and baggy, giving the impression of being several sizes too large for the snake, and the scales, rather than overlapping, are tiny pyramidal projections that lead to the common names of Wart snakes or File snakes. Preserved wart snake File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms (as opposed to folk taxonomy). ... Binomial name Aptenodytes forsteri Gray, 1844 For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicatas Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... Orders See text. ... Suborders Amphisbaenia - Worm lizards Sauria- Lizards Serpentes - Snakes Squamata (scaled reptiles) is the largest recent order of reptiles, including lizards and snakes. ... Binomial name Acrochordus granulatus (Schneider, 1799) Little File Snake or Marine File Snake Acrochordus granulatus is a species of snake. ... Superfamilies and Families Henophidia Aniliidae Anomochilidae Boidae Bolyeriidae Cylindrophiidae Loxocemidae Pythonidae Tropidophiidae Uropeltidae Xenopeltidae Typhlopoidea Anomalepididae Leptotyphlopidae Typhlopidae Xenophidia Acrochordidae Atractaspididae Colubridae Elapidae Hydrophiidae Viperidae Snakes (from Old English snaca, and ultimately from PIE base *snag- or *sneg-, to crawl), also known as ophidians, are cold blooded legless reptiles closely... Look up aquatic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

In nature, these snakes lurk at the bottom of rivers and streams (though some inhabit estuaries), and wait for fish to approach, which they catch by slamming their coils together. The rough scales allow them to hold the fish, even through the fish's mucus coating. Species of this family range from 2 to 8 feet long.

These animals are rapidly becoming rare as their hides are used for handbags and leather (stripped of scales, of course). Numerous attempts have been made by both zoos and private reptile collectors to keep them, but in all cases, they have been reluctant to feed and prone to skin infections.

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Reptiles: Acrochordidae (317 words)
Observations sur l'osteologie et la classification des Acrochordidae (Serpentes).
Population demography of Arafura filesnakes (Serpentes: Acrochordidae) in tropical Australia.
Miller, M.J. Notes on the natural history of the family Acrochordidae and maintenance of the marine file snake, Chersydrus granulatus (Schneider, 1799), in captivity.
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