wart snake

wart snake

noun
either of two stout, nonvenomous snakes of the family Acrochordindae, ranging from southeastern Asia to northern Australia, and having the skin covered with wartlike, three-pointed scales.

Origin:
1875–80

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wart snake

(genus Acrochordus), any of three species of fish-eating aquatic snakes occurring from southern Asia to northern Australia, constituting the family Acrochordidae, which is sometimes considered a subfamily of the Colubridae. Wart snakes have thick bodies, loose skins, tiny pyramidal scales that extend across the belly, and valves that close the nostrils when under water.

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