The biggest snake in the world Anaconda
For many centuries the snake arouse people’s conflicting emotions: some of them worshipped and considered a symbol of wisdom, healing, renewal and resurrection. Others believed the creature belongs to a supernatural world and is in the service of the dark forces. It is fear that gave rise to many myths and legends, including their size, strength, bloodlust and gluttony. What is the biggest snake in the world, will tell Prostozoo.
There are many legends and stories about huge serpents, usually the cannibals, the length of which reached 30 meters in circumference they were like a huge tree, and when crawling through the woods or planting – young trees were broken. In reality, however, such giants have not existed for the entire history of the animal world. According to current archaeological discoveries and research of the Museum and research center Smithsonian, the biggest and longest snake in the world – Titanoboa – lived 60 million years ago and replaced the extinct dinosaurs. Its length was 15 meters and it weighed more than a ton.
Modern snake compared to its ancestor are somewhat smaller, but they are often impressive for its size. Real leaders are the reticulated Python, giant (green) Anaconda, Burmese or a dark tiger Python.
All three species belong to the same family – londoneye. Their main feature is the presence of rudiments of the hind limbs. Powerful musculature allows the snakes to kill prey by suffocation, with the victim’s bones do not break, as previously thought. The snake might itself suffer from broken bones production, so it only tightens when the animal exhales, in this case, the breath is almost impossible. Coloration in snakes of this family are very diverse, but even if she is motley, still allows snake to blend in with the environment on earth.
Python was named because of its pattern, which resembles a fishing net, thrown over the snake skin.
This is the main contender for the title of biggest snake today – according to official data the record length is 12 m 20 cm In average length the reticulated Python rarely exceeds 8-9 m. the Main reason for its impressive size is favorable for the growth conditions – temperature, humidity, lush green trees, a huge variety of food: birds, mammals, eggs, fish and even crocodiles.
The main habitat of the reticulated pythons is South-East Asia: southern Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Islands of Indonesia and Nusa Tenggara.