Snakes are amazing creatures and they can be very frightening, when grow up so big. Learn about the largest snake ever.
The biggest snake in the world is considered to be Green Anaconda, because it may reach over 9 meters in length and 200 kilos in weight. It abides in South America.
Now, you can find tons of photos or videos on the Internet with unbelievably huge snakes, the ones able to swallow humans in just few minutes. Most of these materials are a fake. Today’s technologies allow people to chunk out the fraud easily. Still there are some incidents of meeting huge snakes. You surely would not want to meet one of these hungry creatures face to face. In fact, people in Nigeria do have such a chance, as one of the 5 largest snake species on earth live in Western Africa.
The largest discovered snake in the world:
One of the world's biggest snake was discovered in Indonesia. It is a python 49 feet long and 449 kilograms in weight. It is said the snake lived in captivity in some local tribe and was honored as their tribe leader and chief.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 list of the largest snakes.
- Green Anaconda
“Largest” may mean heaviest or longest (or both together). Anaconda may not be the longest snake in the world, but it is the weightiest one. There have been several records in the book of Guinness in that category.
They get constantly updated, as people collect more data and make new discoveries. In average Anacondas can reach up to 7 meters in length and their weight may reach up to 100 kilos.
The longest known life span of anaconda in zoo was 28 years. In the nature they live up to 6 years in average. The truth is that these snakes reside in Amazonia region and in tropical forests. Scientists have hard time tracing down their life span, sizes, activities and number. So, it is no wonder we constantly get new updates on the longest and largest snakes in the world found by people.
- Reticulated python
In length this type of python can surpass the anacondas and reach over 10 meters. However, they weigh less (up to 150 kilos). This species resides in Southern Asia. There are at least two known incidents of people being attacked and consumed by these huge snakes.
- Burmese python
These may grow to be over 130 kilos and 7 meters long. They live in the forests and may come up on the trees. They are found in Asia, in such countries as India, China, Nepal, etc. There are no known cases of them attacking humans, they these reptiles are generally afraid of tall standing mammals.
- African rock python
This is the biggest snake in Africa. The longest found python reached almost 10 meters. They reside in south and west regions of the continent, so you can find them in Nigeria. There are many known cases of African pythons strangling or even swallowing people. Mostly those swallowed were kids under 16 years of age.
- Indian python
This snake resides in Asia. The longest found one was over 6 meters in length and it can weigh up to 100 kilograms. This is one of the most timid types of pythons with no incidents of them attacking people.
As you may see, these huge innoxious snakes abide in Asia, South America and Africa. People do not know all there is to know about them, as they live in hard to get regions. Not so many scientists have been able to watch those snakes and their behavior in natural conditions. That is all the more to look for in the future.
Nonetheless, Nigerians should be aware of the possibility of meeting and dealing with one of the larger python species – the African rock python and they should know what is the biggest snake in the world. This way the danger of running into one of them and handling them properly could be averted.