Species group: Elephant Trunk Snakes, Wart Snakes and File Snakes
Other common names: Elephant's Trunk Snake; Javan File Snake; Javan Wart Snake
Scientific name: Acrochordus javanicus
The Elephant Trunk Snake is a species of aquatic snake which is native to inland freshwater and brackish habitats in southeast Asia. Acrochordus javanicus is nocturnal and non-venomous, and uses constriction to catch fish, eels and sometimes frogs.
The wild population of Elephant Trunk Snakes is listed as "Least Concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). "This species is wide-ranging and common. It is heavily harvested for the leather trade throughout its range, however, there is no evidence that this is causing declines in the population. This species is highly fecund and reproduces quickly. Habitat destruction may affect this species in the future, and so populations and harvests should be managed and monitored."
Appearance / health:
The Elephant Trunk Snake has a flat head and dark brown colored skin. It has unusually loose skin, which is covered with large and bumpy scales, which gives it its common name of "wart snake". They can grow up to 2.5 meters long.
Fish-Keeping Experience a Must!
I met elephant trunk snakes decades ago while working for an animal importer, and instantly became hooked. In time, I kept them at home and in zoo exhibits. Thick-set and little-studied, these completely aquatic snakes have been luring – and frustrating – professional and private keepers for many years. They can be successfully kept and even bred, but they are quite sensitive, and wild caught individuals invariably arrive in poor shape.
A background keeping delicate fish and a knowledge of water chemistry is helpful in keeping these wonderful, likely endangered creatures. They must be provided with a large aquarium (at least 55 gallons, preferably larger) that is dimly-lit and heavily stocked with live plants, caves and roots/driftwood. Elephant trunk snakes must be able to squeeze into hiding places where they can anchor their tails about a holdfast. They are very shy, and should be housed in a quiet room and not be handled at all. The water should be well-filtered, and slightly acidic (blackwater preparations used for certain fish work well), and warmed to a range of 82-86 F.
They fare best on a varied diet comprised of live goldfish, shiners, swordtails, platies, mollies and other freshwater fishes..
From findiviglio Jan 5 2016 2:07PM