Snakes are captivating animals, the way they adapt to the changing environmental conditions, ambush their prey and swallow them at once, slither over or under the ground or even glide through the air (a particular species), they are indeed a great structure to study about.
They are most popularly known for their venom which holds the ability to kill a human being within seconds. However, it is astounding that some of the largest snakes in the world are non-venomous, strange right?
Top 10 Largest Snakes in The World
Well, to acquaint you with the most fascinating features of some of the largest snakes in the world, I’ve listed down the Top 10 largest snakes in the world that will simply amaze you with their way of living.
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10. Cuban boa
Cuban boas can grow up to 4.5 meters long and are among the largest snakes in existence. They hunt on rats, lizards, birds, and bats and constrict them around their coils until the prey dies of suffocation. They are now usually found in holes, rocks, and croplands. This species is on the verge of extinction mainly because of the worldwide value for their skin.
9. Dark-spotted anaconda
An adult Dark-spotted anaconda measures about 130–211 cm (51–83 in) in total length. They are usually found in South America, in northern Brazil, and French Guiana. They fall under the category of semi-aquatic species and are usually found in swampy and seasonally flooded freshwater areas at elevations below 300 m. The average life expectancy of a Dark-spotted anaconda is about 10 years.
8. Boa constrictor
A Boa constrictor can grow to about 13 feet (4 meters) long and weigh more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms). They are said to grow their entire life and most of them tend to spend their lives alone. They are found in tropical climates throughout most of Central and South America and attack on prey during the night. Their list of prey includes rats, birds, monkeys, or wild pigs. They swallow their whole prey at once and that their food is digested by the strong stomach acids.
7. Yellow anaconda
An average adult Yellow anaconda can grow to an average of 3.3 to 4.4 m (10.8 to 14.4 ft) in total length. They are also sometimes referred to as “Water Boas” as they spend the majority of their lifespan in water. They attack their prey from the water itself and the victim dies of drowning rather than suffocating. Their prey includes fish, amphibians, capybara, and even other snakes. This species is capable of eating prey much larger than their actual size.
6. Amethystine (scrub) python
The most frequent length of a scrub python is usually 5 meters, however, the largest recorded length reported was 8.5 meters. They are dull olive-brown or green-yellow in color and are covered with purple/blue scales throughout the back. Their scales appear attractive when in sunlight as it produces a pleasant shimmering effect. Scrub pythons are found in tropical rainforests and scrub forests in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the Philippines.
5. Indian python
An Indian python is about 13 feet (4 meters) in length and is a highly adaptable snakes that can live anywhere but not in waters. They are usually found dangling from a tree branch to ambush their prey. Their hunt is aided by the heat-sensing pits situated in their upper and lower jaws which helps them find the location of warm-blooded prey. It’s a sit-and-wait predator, it waits for its prey to come within the range of attack and then kills immediately by constriction.
4. African rock python
The total length of an African rock python is about 10-16 feet (3-5 m) and is usually found around saw grass prairies, agricultural areas, man-made lakes, and melaleuca stands. They are stout-bodied snakes with irregular dark blotches running down throughout their back. To avoid detection, they mostly remain hidden in the vegetation. Being a strong constrictor, they feed on a wide range of wild as well as domestic birds and mammals.
3. Reticulated python
A reticulated python can grow to a length of over 16 feet, however, the largest recorded one was said to be 28.5 feet long and about 320 pounds in weight. Due to the network-like pattern that runs all along their back, they are given the name ‘’reticulate.’’ They identify their prey based on the sense of smell and the infrared-sensitive pit organs that are outlined all over the python’s lips. The average lifespan of a reticulated python is usually 20 years.
2. Burmese python
An adult Burmese python can grow up to 23 feet long with a weight reaching 200 pounds or more. They have giraffes like blotches on the back and sides which are irregular in shape that appear like puzzle pieces. They prey on imperiled species such as wood storks, Key Largo woodrats, and limpkins, and even animals comparatively larger in sizes such as alligators, white-tailed deer, and bobcats. As their eyesight is poor, they find their prey using the chemical receptors in their tongues and heat-sensors along the jaws.
1. Green anaconda
The green anaconda is the world’s largest and heaviest snake with an average length of 6 m (20 ft.) and a top length of 8.8 m (29 ft.) and a weight of 227 kg (550 lb.) respectively. They are found on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and along tropical waters east of the Andes Mountains. Their huge size makes them reside in swamps, marshes, and streams where only their eyes and nostrils are on the top while the rest of the body is underwater. Fish, birds, tapirs, wild pigs, capybaras, and caimans are some of the animals they usually prey on.
Can a green anaconda kill you?
Till date, there’s no evidence that proves the killing of a human being by an anaconda. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Green anaconda are capable of swallowing a whole human being into its body.
How dangerous is a green anaconda?
Green anaconda is non-venomous and suffocate their prey by constricting them around their coils.
This was all for the list of Top 10 largest snakes in the world. As a kid, a snake used to always fascinate me, be it the slithering or their ability to swallow a whole structure at once, observing a snake in a zoological environment was fun. Most of these species, if not protected, will go endangered in the near future and that’s the reason several laws have been enforced to preserve their existence.
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