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How big do snakes get?

Large snake breeds-pythons and anaconda are the longest snake species. On average, both of these species grow up to 24 feet although there have been exceptional examples that grew up to 26-29 feet. Occasionally we hear reports of 30 feet or longer snakes but these have never been seen and recorded.

Out of these two species-pythons and anaconda-it has been recorded that the largest was the Reticulated Python, Python reticulatus that lives in their natural habitat in south-east Asia, in swamp areas of Malaysian islands. This species sometimes even hunt larger mammals, such as deer. The snake that passed away recently in Columbus was 25 feet long, and since Guinness Book of World Records recognized one of 30 feet caught at the beginning of 20th century, it is evident that we can consider largest snakes to be those between 25 and 30 feet long. Everything above this length is unverified and just an urban legend so to speak.

When it comes to weight, it is the anaconda that can be crowned as the heaviest snake on the world. This particular anaconda species is the Green Anaconda that lives in South America, in Amazon rain forest. It is difficult to write down just how heavy this animal can get, because its weight can vary significantly in relation to the meals it has as well as to the fact that it is very difficult to capture these large specimens, due to their very inaccessible habitat. However, anaconda doesn't hesitate to hunt large mammals such as deer, monkeys and tapirs. Considering its pray, it is evident that anaconda can weigh up to several hundred pounds. There have been many unverified stories that anaconda can grow over 30-40 feet and weight over 400 pounds, but these stories have never been properly verified and documented, which is the reason why we can accept them as scientifically verified. It is actually more likely that python is longer then the anaconda-but the python has lesser appetite than anaconda, which makes it lighter when we make comparison between these two largest snake species.

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