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SUBORDER SERPENTES
F
AMILY
A
CROCHORDIDAE
Acrochordus javanicus
Hornstedt 1787
Javan File Snake (Non-native)
Geographic Distribution
: There are 5 vouchered records of this non-native species from
Broward and Miami-Dade counties. A population has apparently persisted since the 1970s in a
rockpit in northwestern Miami, Miami-Dade County (Krysko et al. 2011). There are 10
unverified records but no vouchers from this established population, but 1 voucher was taken
from outside a reptile dealer’s facility in Hollywood, Broward County, and 2 vouchers
purportedly came from the Tamiami Canal, Miami-Dade County (Krysko et al. 2011). This
species is native to coastal areas from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and through Malaysia and
the Greater Sunda Islands of Indonesia.
Earliest Recorded Voucher
: 2002 (UF 151593−151594).