The Biggest Snake In The World Captured
What if a horror movie wasn’t enough to prepare you for the fright of the real thing?
For those who like horror movies or just fun shlock, the 1997 film Anaconda is great. It shows just how scary it would be if humans encountered an unthinkably large snake.
Of course, that movie is a work of fiction. But you don’t have to go to the movies for some scaly scares. Just last year, the world’s largest snake was captured!
What kind of snake was it? And how does it stack up to other large snakes around the globe? Keep reading to find out!
The largest snake in the world is a reticulated python. At 25 feet and 2 inches long, it seems like something out of mythology. And it has an appropriately mythological name: Medusa.
While this Medusa doesn’t literally turn anyone into stone, it does often freeze visitors in place at Kansas City’s The Edge of Hell Haunted House. Upon command, this 350-pound snake stands completely still while visitors go through this creepy haunted house. And speaking of creepy, the owners of the house have to feed Medusa a small dear each week!
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While pythons didn’t pop up until the 1990s, it now seems these long snakes are everywhere. The most common type is the Burmese python, and these snakes love to hang out in the Florida Everglades.
The largest Burmese python ever captured was 18 feet, 8 inches long. While that’s not as long as Medusa, it’s still quite a frightening sight to encounter in the wild!
Medusa may be the biggest snake ever captured, but it’s not necessarily the biggest snake in the world. That honor most likely falls to the green anaconda.
These anacondas can get as long as 30 feet and weigh as much as 500 pounds. And in one famous photo, two gentlemen are holding a green anaconda that is 33 feet long, but experts have not been able to confirm the length of that particular beast.
Are you more interested in the largest snakes in history rather than the largest ones currently living? In that case, you may be impressed by Titanoboa Cerrejonensis, better known as the largest snake in the history of the planet!
This snake was slithering around over six million years ago. Thanks to fossilized remains, we know these snakes could reach as long as 42 feet and weigh about 2,500 pounds. Like something out of a SyFy original movie, these snakes were as long as the longest school buses!
Sometimes, the biggest snakes aren’t the deadliest snakes. For example, the bushmaster tops out at “only” 12 feet. However, this creature has the dubious honor of being the largest venomous snake in the entire world!
To make things scarier, these snakes are very aggressive and easy to agitate. And its Latin name translates to “the Silent Death,” letting you know just how spooky these snakes can be.
The bushmaster may be the largest venomous snake, but it’s not necessarily the most dangerous. That is a label that we’d probably have to give to the eastern diamondback.
One of the larger specimens was shot in 1946, and it was 7 feet, 8 inches long, and weighed a whopping 34 pounds. As a breed, this rattler is full of both muscles and double-action venom. It delivers that venom with the longest rattler fangs in the world, and the venom of a single bite is intense enough to kill three grown men!
If you limit your scope to North America, the largest snake is the eastern indigo. The longest one ever recorded was just a little over nine feet tall.
This snake has survival mechanisms that help it flatten the neck and appear even bigger. And it may need this survival skill because it is considered a threatened breed in the states of Florida and Georgia.
The king cobra is well-named. Considering these snakes can grow up to 18 feet, it certainly poses a royal threat to those around them!
And those who get confronted by this large venomous snake are in for a real fright. It will first lift itself up about a third of its height, which means the longest ones could be standing taller than the average person. It then lunges forward to attack, serving as a major threat to explorers in Southeast Asia.
Black mambas are the second longest venomous snakes in the world. Located primarily in Africa, these snakes can get up to 14.6 feet long.
The venom of this snake can kill you in 20 minutes. If it decides to chase you, this snake can move at 12 miles per hour. But it may not even need to chase you since this snake hunts in trees as well as the ground, offering a nasty surprise to those who encounter it.
Despite being called “king brown,” this Australian snake is part of the black snake family. And since these snakes can get as long as 11 feet, we have no choice but to bow down to this royal snake.
Even if you don’t bow, this snake might soon have you near the ground. That is because its venom is neurotoxic and can damage your muscles. Speaking of damage, this creepy crawler has a tendency to chew on its prey even as it injects the venom.