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File Snakes: Acrochordidae

Diet

The three file snake species eat mostly fishes, and they do not seem to care whether the meal is alive or dead when they find it. The little file snake also eats crustaceans (krus-TAY-shuns). Crustaceans include shelled animals, such as shrimp and crayfish. The Java file snake adds freshwater eels to its diet of mainly catfishes. The Arafura file snake can eat very large fishes. According to one report, a snake that measured 44.5 inches (113 centimeters) in length ate a 19-inch-long (48-centimeter-long) fish—nearly half the snake's size—in just two minutes.

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Animal Life ResourceDinosaurs, Snakes, and Other ReptilesFile Snakes: Acrochordidae - Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Little File Snake (acrochordus Granulatus): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, FILE SNAKES AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS