rapid-growing vine of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), cultivated for its oddly shaped edible fruits. The snake gourd is native to southeastern Asia and Australia and is also grown in parts of tropical Africa. Snake Gourd Health Benefits Accelerates Weight Loss. Augments Heart Function. Detoxifies The Kidneys. Enhances Digestive System. Strengthens Respiratory Processes. Complements Ketogenic Diet.