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Old 04-28-03, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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File Snake (not a Colubrid, not Hot, where does it go?)

Here are my two newest babies, 1.1 Java File Snakes (Elephant Trunk Snakes or Java Wart Snakes) - Achrocordis javinicus (I think). THese guys are fully aquatic, have NO ventral scales, have flaps over their nostrils and epiglottis (to prevent water from coming in). Obviously fish eaters and reach over 6 feet in lenght (descriptions are conflicting). Not much is known about this species. And captive are info is precisous little. They are captive born (among the first int he US as far as I can tell). One of them took a fish for me tongiht, though i do not which one, just one less fish in there. This is temp housing, their new enclosure is "settling". Since ther is not much info, much of it is "hear say" and I am trying my best.

THis is what they will have:
4 gallons of water in a 10 gallong (for now)
Sand substrate
Lots of hides
water slightly acidic and about 2 tblsespoons of aquarium salt
Slightly acidic PH
Filtration and earation (even though they breathe air)
Water temp at about 80 F
No bright light

If anyone has kept this species and has some tips, please share.

Anyway, excuse the quality of the pics, but it is an old digital through water and had to take some lightening with PS. Maybe Julius will come by to get some Pro Pics





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Old 04-28-03, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Crap, my site is down. Pics should come up soon.
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nice! Ive always been interested in file snakes, let us know how it goes!

dont worry about the forum thing, maybe we should have a misc. section sometime in the future
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hmmmmm, very kewl. This is the first time I have heard of them so no help here.

Please keep us posted!
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Those are REALLY Nice BWSmith. take good care of em.

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Awesome... finally got em! Good luck with them and keep us updated!
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hehehe, SO cute... the Shar Pei of the snake world.
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Looks really cool. Can't wait to see the "pro" pics.
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Nice snakes, Brian. They have their own family, family acrochordidae. I have never seen them kept in captivity before, let alone CB.

In the wild, they live in slow moving or brackish water, and they feed on eels and fish. Females are quite prolific and produce about 20-40 young, each about 10 inches in length. They don't like bright light.
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Aww i think they are really cute!
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very cool Brian, cant wait to see more pics!!! keep em coming man!!
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Gotta figure out how to get better pics through glass and under water..........
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A quick tip for shooting through glass is to shoot at an angle to the enclosure so you cut down on any reflected flash. Also if you are having a problem with reflections see if you can shoot through a polarized filter, sometimes that will help. Keep Shootin' -D.
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Hey brian I found this not much But it might help
http://www.herper.com/snakearticles/chersydrus.html



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looks like a good snake for shane
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