Elephant Trunk Snake


Common name : Javan wart snake, Javan file snake

Scientific name : Acrochordus javanicus

Family : Acrochordidae

Native to : Northern Sumatra and west coast of Malaysia

Interesting fact : Their meat is a delicacy in Asia.

Conservation status : Least Concern

The elephant trunk snake has a baggy skin making it look larger. It is non-venomous, squeezing the prey by coiling around it. They live in coastal rivers, lagoons and estuaries, and can stay under water for 40 minutes. Active at night they catch fish and frogs by surprise. Its skin is used as leather called Karung.

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