Summary details for Gonionotophis nyassae


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Black File Snake

Gonionotophis nyassae

The name is derived from the triangular shaped body and the rough scales which resembles a file. They are mostly fossorial (living underground) and emerge after good rains. File snakes mostly feed on other snakes, amphibians and reptiles.
They are completely harmless, but often mistaken for the dangerous stiletto snake.

Black File Snake
Black File Snake © Photo: Francois Theart