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What Are The Biggest Snake in The World ?
What’s the biggest snake in the world? People have argued about this for years. Part of the problem is the definition of the word “large.” Do you mean the longest or the heaviest? Are we talking about the largest single specimen ever found or an average for the species? Do you consider unconfirmed reports, or only rely on double-checked evidence?
If we are looking for a report of the largest snake ever seen we might want to look at a story told by Colonel Percy H. Fawcett, a former British Army officer, surveyor and adventurer in South America in the early 1900’s:
We were drifting easily along on the sluggish current not far below the confluence of Tigor and the Rio Negro when almost under the bow there appeared a triangular head and several feet of undulating body. It was a giant anaconda. I sprang for my rifle as the creature began to make its way up the bank, and hardly waiting to aim smashed a .44 soft-nosed bullet into its spine, ten feet below the wicked head. At once there was a flurry of foam, and several heavy thumps against the boat’s keel, shaking us as though we had run on a snag…
- Pre Historic Giant Snakes
The anaconda, or Eunectes murinus, lives in central and tropical South America. This monstrous snake can live in fresh water and could be a candidate for some smaller sea serpent or lake monster reports. Like all snakes, the anaconda is carnivorous. While some snakes use venom (poison) to kill or paralyze their victims, the anaconda, like its Eastern Hemisphere cousins, the pythons, kill by constriction. A constricting snake, loops its body around an animal and uses its powerful muscles to squeeze its victim until the animal can no longer inflate its lungs to breathe, causing suffocation.
While some consider the anaconda the largest snake, problems with the above claims cause many people to argue that a reticulated python (Python reticulated) killed in Celebes, Indonesia in 1912 deserved the prize as the longest single snake specimen. It was 32 feet, 10 inches long.
The python’s natural range includes Africa, Asia and Australia. Though they are constrictors, as are their cousins the anaconda, most pythons species prefer trees to water. Their color varies between bright greens and muted browns, depending on which camouflage suits them best for their geographical region. While not native to North America, the Burmese python, Python molurus bivittatus, has become an invasive species in the Everglades National Park in Florida.
Pre-historic Giant Snakes
In the words of one expert a human being encountering a Titanoboa cerrejonensis would “be toast immediately.” (Copyright Lee Krystek, 2009)
As big as the anacondas or the pythons are today, they are not nearly as large as the biggest snake that once slithered across the earth. The Titanoboa cerrejonensis (“ty-TAN-o-BO-ah sare-ah-HONE-en-siss”), which means “titanic boa from Cerrejon,” grew to between 42 and 45 feet in length and weighed an estimated 2,500 pounds. The creature lived in the rain forests of Colombia between 58 million to 60 million years ago, dining on an ancient relative of crocodile. The girth of the creature at its widest was more than a yard. Standing next to it a man would find it coming up to his hip. Like the modern anaconda, Titanoboa spent most of its life in the water.