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
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- 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.