The Largest Snakes in the World

Green Anaconda

Green Anaconda

The Anacondas are nonvenomous boas of the genus Eunectes. Anaconda is considered as the largest snake in terms of its total body mass or its weight. The most familiar specie of Anacondas is the green anaconda, Eunectes murinus. Recognized as one of the world’s largest snakes, green anacondas can grow to be 5.21 m (17 ft) in length and weighing 97.5 kg (215 lbs).

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. Anacondas like to hang out in rivers making it difficult to estimate the length of one seen swimming without seeing the entire snake. The anaconda’s ability to remain partly hidden in the water makes it difficult to precisely measure the snake.
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.

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