BIGGEST Snakes Found Around The World!


From jumping off trees to swallowing humans
whole, here are 14 of the biggest snake species in the world. 14. Yellow Anaconda When most people think of an anaconda, they
are thinking of the green anaconda. But the yellow anaconda is the smallest species
of anaconda there is, if you can consider it small! It reaches a maximum length of 10 feet (3
m). As its name suggests, this type of snake is
usually yellow or greenish yellow with black or dark brown blotches, spots, and streaks. It is native to Paraguay, Bolivia, southern
Brazil, and northern Argentina. They are threatened by illegal poaching and
are hunted for their meat and skins. Anaconda generally refers to the Eunectes
genus of snakes which are members of the boa family. Unlike most snakes that usually lay eggs,
anacondas give birth to live young and live near bodies of water. If they catch their meal in the water, they
will suffocate it to death and/or drown it, whichever comes first! The Yellow Anaconda is no exception and it
is also not a picky eater! They’ll eat just about anything they can
swallow. The Telegraph newspaper reported a story about
wildlife photographer Chris Brunskill who captured a ferocious battle between a jaguar
and a yellow anaconda! Who do you think the winner was? Let us know in the comments below! The answer is coming up!! 13. Eastern Indigo Snake Indigo snakes are the longest snake species
in the United States. The longest recorded specimen of the species
measured over 9 feet (2.8 m) long! They’re called indigo snakes because their
scales are a shiny blackish purple. They are not venomous but they do prey on
other snakes, frogs, turtles, lizards, birds, and mammals including mice and rats. They are a bit uncommon and usually are only
found in southeastern states like Georgia and Florida- you know how much snakes like
Florida! A curious fact is that they love to wander,
females will often live in an area of about 100 acres and males will use even 4 times
that amount of space. They may often be found sharing a burrow with
a gopher tortoise to protect them from the cold. They are listed as a threatened species because
so many people have gone out into the wild to collect them for the pet trade. Speaking of being threatened, if the Eastern
Indigo feels attacked, it will flatten its head, and hiss and vibrate its tail. Vibrating its tail produces a rattling sound
that mimics the rattle of a rattlesnake. However, these snakes rarely bite and, when
they do, remember, it is not venomous. 12. Bushmaster This is the largest pit viper in the world! The bushmaster’s scientific name translated
from latin literally means “Silent Death”. A pit viper is a type of venomous snake that
possesses a sensitive pit organ that allows it to accurately aim when striking. The pit organ allows it to detect another
creature’s heat signature. How’s that for a super power! Not only can they see the world in the visible
light spectrum like we can, but the pit organ serves as heat sensors, so they can also see
in the infrared spectrum. Native to the scrublands and forests of southern
central America to northern South America, it prefers damp areas with lots of rain. Their population is actually unknown because
they live in dense forests and unexplored areas. There are three species of pit vipers and
they are all large. The bushmaster ranges from 6.5 feet (2 m)
to over 12 feet (3.5 m) making them the longest venomous snake found in the Americas!! They are considered the 2nd longest venomous
snake in the world after the king cobra. A bushmaster may wait for weeks in a single
location, waiting to ambush its prey, which is usually rodents. Few people have been bitten but just that
little amount of data suggests that there is an 80% mortality rate, also making this
snake the deadliest snake in the Americas. Fun fact: They are also the only egg-laying
pit viper found in the Americas as well. This snake breaks all kinds of records! 11. Papuan Python The Papuan Python, or Papuan Olive Python,
is found in New Guinea and Indonesia. One of the most amazing things about this
snake is its ability to change color! No one knows why or how it can do it. Its coloring allows it to blend in easily
with its environment and some of them have a dark stripe just behind the eye. It is also unique because it has a blue tongue. It can also grow up to 17 feet (5 m) long! Just as a reference, I am only 5’6”! The good thing is they are not known as being
aggressive but they are not commonly kept as pets. It adapts easily to different kinds of environments
ranging from tropical rainforest to the savannah. It eats other snakes and mammals by squeezing
them to death and they are not venomous. 10. Dark-Spotted Anaconda The Dark-Spotted Anaconda is a rare and elusive
snake that lives in the Brazilian Amazon. This type of anaconda reaches between 15-16
feet in length, (about 5 m). Like most other anacondas, this snake loves
the water and they are great swimmers and divers. Their bodies are well adapted to the water
too. Both the eyes and nose are set high on the
head so they can hunt from the water. They will also rest in branches hanging over
lakes and rivers. This allows the Dark-Spotted Anaconda to drop
onto its prey from above, as well as to be able to escape quickly if something tries
to attack them. If you think an anaconda jumping on you from
a tree sounds scary, just wait until you hear what happened to the guy in number 2!!! 9. King Cobra This snake is the longest venomous snake in
the world! Coming in at a maximum length of about 18
feet (5.5 m), king cobras are known for the hood that rises on either side of its neck
when threatened. It is one of the most feared and respected
creatures on the planet because not only is it huge, but it can also be deadly. Native to southeast Asia, it is the only snake
in its genus, Ophiophagus and it might be more closely related to mambas than to other
cobras. By the way, Ophiophagus means “snake eater”
because that is mostly what it eats. Other snakes. Just how venomous is the King Cobra? Well, there are other snakes with more potent
venom. However, what matters is the amount of venom
it can pump into its victim. One bite can kill a 12,000 pound elephant
in just 3 hours. Its venom attacks the nervous system which
causes paralysis. A human can die in 30 minutes. Fun fact, when these snakes feel threatened
they can rise up to 6 feet off the ground and will start to make a growling noise to
intimidate their enemy. One scientist compared it to the growl of
an angry German shepherd. So…back off! 8. Boa Constrictor Native to tropical Central and South America,
boa constrictors are cousins of the Anaconda. Like their relatives, they are excellent swimmers. However, they prefer to stay on dry land and
live in hollow logs and abandoned burrows. They are commonly kept as pets and bred in
captivity which has become a problem because they get so large that owners can no longer
keep them so they let them go out in the wild. In Florida they have become a huge problem
and grow to massive sizes. Boas can grow up to 13 feet long (4 m) and
weigh over 100 pounds. The Boa Constrictor never stops growing and
can live up to 30 years! That’s a long term commitment if you have
one as a pet! They have small, hooked teeth on their jaws,
which allows them to hang onto their prey while they constrict it. They will eat anything they can catch, including
birds, wild pigs, deer, and, on rare occasions, people. 7. Indian Python Indian pythons are divided into two subspecies:
Burmese and Indian. The Indian python is the smaller of the pair. Its maximum length is about 21 feet (6.4 m)
and can weigh around 200 pounds!! Female pythons are larger than the males in
both species. A large python can squeeze the life out of
a deer and then, as you probably guessed, swallow it whole. After such a large meal, the snake might not
have to eat again for a year!! These pythons prefer to live in the jungle
but their habitats are disappearing quickly because of the lumber industry, agriculture,
and human expansion. They are critically endangered and India has
established several large areas to protect their habitat, sometimes even with armed-guard
patrols. Poaching and illegal trade continues and many
of the snakes are skinned alive to preserve the quality of the skin. 6. Burmese Python Burmese pythons grow up to 25 feet (7.5 meters)
long and can weigh as much as 300 pounds. This makes them one of the largest snakes
in the world. Not only is it long, but it can be as thick
as a telephone pole! When they are young, they prefer to live in
trees but, as they grow larger, they stick to the ground. Surprisingly, despite their size, they are
excellent swimmers and can stay underwater for up to 30 minutes. Burmese pythons are also one of the species
of snakes appearing in the Florida Everglades. Pythons of various types have been appearing
there as people release their pets or the snakes just escape. Just this month, hunters caught a 17-foot-long,
130 pound Burmese python. It was the longest snake caught in South Florida
Water Management District’s newly formed Python Elimination Program. In 2011 in Orlando, Florida, an 8-foot Burmese
python escaped from its tank and snuck into the room of a 2-year-old girl and strangled
her. Its owners, her parents, hadn’t fed the
snake in over a month. The State’s Attorney said he would not prosecute
them lightly. 5. Amethystine Python Dubbed the longest non-venomous snake in Australia,
the Amethystine Python gets its name from its amethyst-like color. It’s also known as the scrub python. Not only can they be found in Australia but
also Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The Amethystine Python can grow over 26 feet
(8 m) long! Like all the other snakes the Amethystine
Python eats everything it can get its jaws around, from small birds to the odd kangaroo. These snakes are nocturnal and prefer to ambush
their prey at night, striking their unsuspecting victims quickly before constricting. Humans are rarely attacked. 4. African Rock Python The African rock python is the largest species
of snake in Africa. It lives in grasslands and savannahs near
water, as well as on the forest edges in sub-Saharan Africa. They sometimes submerge in water to better
ambush their prey. Their usual choice is monkeys, pigs, birds,
even crocodiles. Not picky! This snake can be anywhere from 20-30 feet
(6-9 m) and weigh up to 250 lbs (113 kg)! Females are typically larger than males and
will also aggressively defend their eggs. In 2002, a 20-foot-long African rock python
ate a 10-year-old boy. The incident occurred near Durban in South
Africa where children had been gathering fruit. The python trapped the boy and quickly wrapped
itself around his body. The other children ran and hid up a mango
tree where they stayed for hours, watching the snake swallow their friend. Hunters and police immediately began searching
for the snake but there is no word on whether the snake was ever found. It was the first time this kind of snake was
reported to eat a human. 3. Reticulated Python Now we are getting to the truly massive snakes. As if they weren’t already big enough! The reticulated python has the honor of being
the heaviest snake on the planet. The largest one ever found was nearly 30 feet. They’ve also been known, on rare occasions,
to eat people. Their weight can clock in at 350 pounds (158
k) or more. Reticulated pythons live in Southeast Asia. They are also found on some islands because
they are capable of swimming for long distances. Impressive, right?! They can live in the rainforest or woodlands. Some have kept these massive reptiles as pets,
which makes them even more widely distributed because they often escape. Or, worse, their owners release them on purpose. In 2003, a 49-foot-long reticulated python
was captured in Indonesia and was put on display in 2004. The snake had become a real menace to the
local community, eating three or four dogs a month. The snake beat the Guinness World Record for
longest captured snake, which was 32 feet. This behemoth also weighed close to a thousand
pounds. The longest reticulated python in captivity
ever lives in Missouri. Her name is Medusa and she comes in at 25
feet, 2 inches, or 7.67 meters. 2. Green Anaconda Called the longest snake in the world, the
Green Anaconda is also called the Giant Anaconda. It’s referred to as “green” because
of its greenish-brown, olive, or greenish-gray scales. Even though they hold the record, some experts
still debate on their actual length. It is hard to stretch out a captive anaconda
and people who see one out in the wild tend to overestimate the length due to fear. Also, recently fed anacondas tend to look
larger than they really are. Skins of dead snakes can be stretched, which
further confuses the issue. Many publications, including National Geographic,
The Nature Conservancy and the San Diego Zoo list the Green anacondas’ maximum verified
length as 29 or 30 feet. However, one expert who has captured and measured
more than 1,000 anacondas believes they don’t grow much longer than 20 feet or 6 meters. The Guinness Book of World Records, who is
usually the definitive source for this type of thing, lists the longest snake in captivity
ever recorded as the 25-foot reticulated python, Medusa that I just mentioned. In 2014, during an episode of Discovery Channel’s
“Eaten Alive”, a naturalist named Paul Rosolie put on a “snake-proof suit” and
tried to get swallowed by a 20-foot-long green anaconda. Why?? Well, just to see what it was like, apparently. The conservationist/daredevil managed to provoke
the snake into attacking him but the crew wasn’t prepared to watch a man get bitten,
constricted, and eaten alive. He panicked when the snake started to put
its jaws around his head and crush his arm. Experts rushed to pull Rosolie out of the
snake’s mouth. The poor snake didn’t know what hit it. By the way, did you guess who would win the
fight between the jaguar and the anaconda? In this case, it was the jaguar who was victorious! 1. Titanoboa Though extinct, no list about the biggest
snake species would be complete without the titanoboa. Titanoboa lived approximately 60 million years
ago during the Paleocene Period. Its fossils were first discovered in a coal
mine in La Guajira, Colombia in 2009. Its name means “titanic boa”. Titanic is certainly the right word for it. It grew to approximately 50 feet long and
weighed around 2,500 pounds. That’s twice as long as the longest snake
living today and four times as heavy as the giant anaconda. As far as looks go, it looked quite a bit
like the modern anaconda, though it most likely didn’t hunt like one. Modern anacondas constrict their prey to death. Scientists believe the titanoboa killed their
prey by striking, then crushing and swallowing creatures like giant crocodiles. Thanks for watching! Be sure to subscribe and see you next time! Bye everyoneeee!

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