Heaviest snake in the world

Anaconda. Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
In the Amazon River - © Carlos Cruz/Istockphoto

Among the most notorious and dangerous Amazon rainforest animals, anaconda is something to be reckoned with, certainly not a player to be taken lightly by any means.

It can average 6 meters (18 feet) and 250 kilograms (40 stone) in weight and considered to be the heaviest and largest in terms of girth of all snakes.

The Amazon rainforest is a gigantic reservoir of life in the Planet, as we all know it.

Millions of species are to be found there, whether fauna or flora, the Amazon rainforest is provably the biggest exhibition of life we have ever came across to date.

There is some controversy around which is the biggest snake in the world.
While the Asiatic Python (Python Reticulatus) holds the record in terms of length (33 feet), the diameter of the green anaconda is far bigger.

In the jungles of South America it can grow as big around as a grown man.

There are many recorded sightings of giant snakes, some dating back to the early discovery of South America, as well as in modern times.
Some have reported to have seen, or killed, snakes of 10.5 meters (34 feet) or even 18 meters (59 feet) but none of this it's been supported by evidence.

The standard size doesn't seem to go beyond 7 meters (21 feet) long.

Its name applies generally to any large snake that crushes its prey by constricting and often used to refer to the (Eunectes Murinus) that inhabits the Amazon and Orinoco river basins, and the Guianas.

However, there are two other species to be found in the region...

Member of the boa constrictor family, they rely on their powerful bodies to squeeze their prey until it dies by suffocation or it's crushed to death by internal bleeding.
Having accomplished that, it unhinges its jaw and swallows the victim whole.

It could take several weeks to digest a meal, according to size of prey.

They do have teeth but they are not a venomous snake, so their bite itself it's not fatal, their teeth are only used to hold on to the prey and to prevent it from escaping.

Let's see them in action, having a capybara lunch...

They hunt alone at waters edge, waiting for its prey to drink and feed on birds, fish, deer, caiman, capybara, jaguar and humans alike.


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