Largest Snake In The World

The Largest Snake In The World



Snakes are scaled legless reptiles, the term largest snake in the world is generally used to describe a snake according to its body mass ratio.

Snakes are spectacular creatures but often feared by most in human society particularly due to their lethal nature.

The biggest snake ever recorded is the giant green anaconda. (If we consider prehistoric times Titanoboa is the largest snake in the world).

So let's first talk about the present largest slithering reptile in the world the anaconda.




The monstrous reptile can weigh up to 550 to 600 pounds with the average length of 15-20 feet the green anacondas are the biggest snakes around.

It is seen that in some cases they can grow up to even 30 feet long.

Found in tropical regions like the Amazon rainforests, these anacondas(Eunectes murinus) reside in swamps and small streams.

They do not have venom to kill their prey. Anacondas kill its prey by the brute muscle pressure i.e. by constriction.

It curls around the body of its prey and press tightly until the prey suffocates to death.

What do Anacondas like to eat?

Largest Snake In The World


The green anaconda prey upon many different marsupials ranging from small to big alike.

It’s diet generally include rabbits, other snakes, eggs, pigs, deer, fish etc. in some cases it is also seen that the snake can kill and eat even alligators.

In the wild the survival of the fittest holds true.

The green anaconda possesses some distinct features which make it an apex predator. 

Interesting facts about anacondas


They possess camouflage and tremendous agility.

This includes six rows of backward tilted rows of teeth, four in the upper part of the mouth and other two in the lower part which allows them to stick firmly to its prey.

This, however, is not quite enough to lethally harm a bigger prey.

They kill their prey by stopping their blood flow which in turn stops the heart of the victim.

Largest Snake In The World

When they bite something and manage to coil themselves around it, they start applying pressure which can be as high as 90psi.

This kind of pressure can easily kill a fully grown human being. 

The anacondas have various powerful enzymes which help in the digestion but that is not enough as they swallow their food as a whole.

When they have eaten then also they apply pressure inside their stomach and break the bones of the prey.

They also have small and big intestine. The useful nutrients are absorbed by the small intestine and the rest is converted into waste by the large intestine.

They are sometimes known to even kill animals that they cannot possibly eat like cows etc.

This might come as a surprise but the green anaconda is not the longest around. When it comes to length the python is the longest snake in the world.
  

Longest snake in the world

Pythons are considered as the longest snake in the world. Females normally weigh 75 kilograms (165 pounds) and become even bigger than 7 meters (23 feet).

They generally grow to be 20feet long. The longest snake in captivity is also a reticulated python Medusa with an astonishing length of 25 feet and 2 inches.

The Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, Missouri, USA claims this marvelous beast is working currently with the crew and providing many scares. Born on October 13, 2004, Medusa is now 14 years old.

What do reticulated pythons eat?

If we talk about Medusa we have to understand that it is for public display therefore to minimize its aggressive behavior it is kept well fed at all times. The diet includes rabbits, hogs, deer etc.

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These slithering reptiles swallow their prey whole, therefore, they need time to digest what they have had before the next meal which is in case of Medusa is a two-week regular cycle.

Snakes generally go on with eggs, insects, toads, mice etc but not these anacondas and pythons.

They often prey on eggs but due to their big & heavy physique they need more nutrients and they are capable of hunting big animals like sheep, pigs, deer, etc.

Are reticulated pythons aggressive?


They are found to be mostly non-aggressive towards humans unless felt threatened.

But don’t relax just now, just because they generally do not attack does not mean they can’t be lethal.

They are fully capable of killing a full grown human. 

Where do reticulated pythons live?


Since they are cold-blooded animals they cannot regulate their body temperature, therefore, they need a warm environment to maintain the heat leading their abundance in the warm climate regions.

Reticulated pythons inhabit tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia, China, India, Philippines, and Indonesia.

Being this vastly spread species shows that they are compatible with a wide range of climate change.

It would not be wrong to say that they are almost perfect as they have not evolved in a very long time showing that they have a high survival rate.


Reticulated python facts


They do not have venom glands to produce poison but they possess enormous muscle strength to kill its prey.

It’s color sometimes act as a camouflage which is a great advantage in the wild. They are great swimmers and it is seen that they drag their prey to the water body.

When they get a hold of their prey they then wrap around them applying enormous pressure shattering its bones stopping the blood flow resulting in heart failure and suffocating their prey to death.

Sometimes they might find your hand as a threat and bite it. It’s not lethal but might require stitches. There have been instances where pythons were found swallowing humans whole.

It may be difficult for a python to eat humans with an exceptionally broad shoulder but for a fully grown python, it is entirely possible to swallow a normal person.

You might say that it is quite surprising for a snake to eat a human but it does not stop there. They have been recorded eating crocodiles.


Biggest snake in history


Titanoboa is the largest snake that possibly ever existed. In the prehistoric times, the Titanoboa was the largest snake in the world.

The remains of a 60 million-year-old fossil were found by scientists in the coal mines of Cerrejon in La Guajira, Colombia.

The monstrous giant is estimated to be of 12.8 meters.

Titanoboa occupied the main recorded Neotropical woodland on the planet.

It shared its environment to Crocodylomorpha and extensive turtles, which may have filled in as nourishment for the monstrous snake, with the exception of vast estimated Purussaurus brasiliensis, too huge for Titanoboa to deal with.

Even T. rex itself could be prey for the largest snake in the world.
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Longest snake(not in books)

A colossal python found on a building site in Malaysia could take the record for the longest snake ever recorded, with introductory evaluations at eight meters.

"It was eight meters long and weighs about 250kg,"

Pythons as pets-


But there is another community which adores these exotic reptiles. The point to which they are kept in captivity and showcased on various occasions.

For a beginner, it is advised to have a ball python. They are smaller than reticulated pythons and if you are looking for a pet to keep for a long time, you are in the right place. If properly taken care of, they might live up to be 30.

It is found that depending upon the person they find petting soothing. Being carnivorous in nature they do need to feed time to time generally little rodents will do.

You might find frozen meat for them to eat. Although give it to them when it reaches room temperature. Do not microwave or experiment with their food.

Housing-

Estimate - Appropriately measured and formed environment for an infant ball python to provide better conduct and exercise, somewhere around a 20L. A 40B tank is suggested for a grown-up ball python.

Substrate 

Aspen shavings, for example, coconut fiber bedding or reptile bark; hosed sphagnum greenery.

Living space

Provide a concealing zone sufficiently extensive for your snake to fit inside and a branch or stylistic layout to get on. Keep up 40 to 60% moistness.

Temperature

Temperature inclination (95°F for the warm end and 78° for the cool end).

Lighting

Provide 8 to 12 hours of light day by day. Try not to leave white light on consistently; a nighttime or infrared light ought to be utilized during the evening.



Try not to house diverse snake species together.

Rhythm Dhami

A deep-rooted person who has made an investigation of regular history since childhood or so - longer than I can recollect. An interest in wildlife has developed into wonder with all of nature, and an unquenchable interest to take in more..

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