file snake

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file snake

aquatic snake with a stout body and very rough skin like a file. Belongs to the subfamily Acrochordinae. Called also Mehelya.
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Beside a crocodile-infested billabong in Kakadu National Park, Aboriginal guide Jenny Hunter sends shivers up collective spines as she describes catching aquatic file snakes as a child.
Once they found a decent-sized file snake, by walking around barefoot in the water and feeling for them with their toes, they would pull it out and bite it in the neck to kill it.