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The largest snake in the world, the green anaconda, can grow to be nearly the length of a school bus. Anyone with ophidiophobia, I suggest you look away.
Photo: Edouard Paiva via National GeographicThe green anaconda comes in at 250 kg and let’s be real – unless you are Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson , you probably don’t stand a chance against this thing. And unlike The Rock, the snake excels under-water and has eyes and nostrils on the top of its Voldemort-esque head, so you can bet it’ll be dragging you into a South American river before you can even see it peeking out at you. With the aforementioned jaguars, the snake prefers to eat them whole, after they have squeezed them to death between their jaws – a far cry from me scoffing my mum’s Sheperd-less pie on my lunch break.
What is the largest anaconda ever recorded?
The biggest anaconda ever reliably documented was 27.2 feet (8.3 meters) long. Yet rumors of anacondas growing two or three times larger persist.
Where is the biggest anaconda in world?
World’s biggest snake Anaconda found in Africa’s Amazon river. It has killed 257 humans & 2325 animals. It’s 134 feet long & 2067 Kgs.
What is the world's largest snake ever recorded?
Medusa, the Reticulated Python, holds the official world record breaking measurement of 25 feet 2 inches long (7.67 meters) from
Can an anaconda eat a human?
Adults are able to consume much larger animals, including deer, capybara, caimans and large birds. Females will sometimes cannibalize males, especially during breeding season. Due to their size, green anacondas are one of the few snakes capable of consuming a human, however this is extremely rare.
A member of the boa family, South America’s green anaconda is, pound for pound, the largest snake in the world. Its cousin, the reticulated python, can reach slightly greater lengths, but the enormous girth of the anaconda makes it almost twice as heavy.
If you look in the records there is a lot of controversy over which snake holds the world’s record for massive size. The dimensions that have earned the anaconda the title of king is its total body mass or its weight (the sheer physical bulk of it). The largest anaconda ever measured was almost 28 feet long with a girth of 44 inches. She wasn’t weighed at the time she was caught, but scientists estimate that she must have weighed over 500 lbs. The other snake that competes with the anaconda is the Asiatic Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus). The python holds the world’s record for length of a snake, with the longest ever measured at 33 feet. Even though the longest python is longer than the record-holding anaconda, the girth of the anaconda is far bigger. Anacondas in the jungles of South America can grow as big around as a grown man!
If you’ve seen the stories circulating around the Internet about the world’s biggest snake being held in captivity in Indonesia (back in 2003), then get the straight dope on snopes.com . It is important to note that when a dead anaconda’s hide or skin is laid out it can be stretched very easily, expanding to much longer lengths than the snake exhibited when alive. Reports of outsize anacondas that cannot be verified are usually due to distortions in perception , or a snake skin being disproportionately stretched and inaccurately measured. It’s the anaconda’s ability to remain partly hidden in the water that makes it difficult to accurately find (and document) a specimen that exceeds the current world’s record. Some snakes have venom in two specially designed, extra long teeth (called fangs) which they use to kill their prey.
Green anacondas can grow to more than 29 feet, weigh more than 550 pounds, and measure more than 12 inches in diameter. Females are significantly larger than males. Other anaconda species, all from South America and all smaller than the green anaconda, are the yellow, dark-spotted, and Bolivian varieties.
On Land and in Water
Anacondas live in swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams, mainly in the tropical rain forests of the Amazon and Orinoco basins. They are cumbersome on land, but stealthy and sleek in the water. Their eyes and nasal openings are on top of their heads, allowing them to lay in wait for prey while remaining nearly completely submerged.
Diet and Hunting
They reach their monumental size on a diet of wild pigs, deer, birds, turtles, capybara, caimans, and even jaguars. Anacondas are nonvenomous constrictors, coiling their muscular bodies around captured prey and squeezing until the animal asphyxiates. Jaws attached by stretchy ligaments allow them to swallow their prey whole, no matter the size, and they can go weeks or months without food after a big meal.