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World’s Largest Snake – Biggest Snake in the World – and Longest Snake Ever

Updated on January 22, 2012

Instinct

We humans have inborn complex behaviors toward snakes that are not based upon prior experience. These behaviors are called instincts. It is from instincts that were are able to tell a snake is a scaring, slithering and terrifying creature that should be avoided. But within us, there are those that have the courage to find fascination and fondness in snakes.

Anaconda

The world’s largest snake is also the world’s biggest snake but not necessary the world’s longest snake. The world’s largest snake is the green anaconda. The anaconda is to be found in Amazon rain forest of South America. The anaconda like living in river and as such river Amazon is home to most of the anaconda snakes in the world. The anaconda is of a subfamily of non-venomous boas found in Central, South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. The anaconda can grow as long as 8 metres long and as wide as a fully grown man and can weigh as much as 250 kilogrammes. This huge size certainly makes it the largest snake in the world.

The Green Anaconda - World's biggest snake. Can grow as long as 8 metres long and as wide as a fully grown man and weigh 250 kilogrammes.Image Credit: LA Dawson  Wikimedia Commons
The Green Anaconda - World's biggest snake. Can grow as long as 8 metres long and as wide as a fully grown man and weigh 250 kilogrammes.Image Credit: LA Dawson Wikimedia Commons

Mating

During mating, several males are known to wrap themselves around one female in an attempt to mate. Nature has it that the fittest male, usually the strongest and largest male, should win and thus get the privilege of mating with the female. But since females are far stronger they can sometimes be biased to this law of nature and decide on herself which male to mate with regardless of the size and strength of the male. The gestation period is seven months and the female anaconda will give birth to young ones – about 20 to 50 litters.

Non Venomous

The anaconda is non venomous but that does not mean it will not feed on you. It will coil itself around you and by using constriction - it will squeeze you thus preventing breathing and raising your body’s pressure two to three times until you die most likely from heart attack.

Great Swimmer

The green anaconda is usually an olive green snake with black spots along the body. Like any other snake, the head is narrow with eyes set high on the head. The snake is a great swimmer and will comfortably work on its prey when in water. The anaconda is also capable of finding its prey on land but is rather slow and sluggish when on land. The diet of anaconda consists mainly of fish, birds, and small mammals like deer, antelopes, rabbit, jaguars, and snakes, reptiles, or anything smaller than itself. When coming from gestation, a female anaconda can sometimes feed on its male counterpart.

Anaconda as a Pet?

The anaconda is a fine snake to keep as a pet. If you think its neat having a snake pet, and you have interest, resources and know-how, then you can go ahead and have anaconda as a pet snake. Good luck.

Python

The longest snake in the world is not anaconda, but the Asian Python reticulates which can grow as long as 10 – 12 metres.

Python - The longest snake in the world is the Python. The Asian Python Reticulates can grow as long as 10  12 metres. Image Credit: Mariluna -   Wikipedia Commons
Python - The longest snake in the world is the Python. The Asian Python Reticulates can grow as long as 10 12 metres. Image Credit: Mariluna - Wikipedia Commons

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      Arun Rajaram Cincinnati 2 years ago

      Hi I am Arun Raja. I am from Cincinnati. I posses one eyed snake. It is small and brown. It is from Coimbtoor, India where I originally lived. I carried it with me hanging in the aircraft. sometimes it gets big. It likes Xena Warrior.

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      ALLAN KRAIP 3 years ago

      I LIKE SNAKES BUT I NEVER GET CLOSE IT....

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      dr waseem baber 3 years ago

      plz don't like snakes its vry oooooo u know?

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      tenzin 3 years ago

      i like snakes

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      Oluchi 3 years ago

      I don't like snakes

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      mason 4 years ago

      awesome

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      lee smart 4 years ago

      oh boi, dis snake is awesome......... huh,but i till love them.

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      ritiksha srivastava 4 years ago

      it's awesome...................................i'm love to watch snakes alot.

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      seth 4 years ago

      people most veinemos snake is the taipan.

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      Arpan Manjash Ekka 5 years ago

      People, u know......among all animals m most interested in snakes but i m even most afraid of them.........i really don' know wt will happen with me when i'll see such huge snake in front of me...

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      mahhen kashif 5 years ago

      its A verY very BIG snake

      gooD for tHem

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      SUMIT KUMAR BANERJEE 5 years ago

      I LOVE SNAKE VERY MUCH, I USE TO CATCH LIVE SNAKE......

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      MISINDY 5 years ago

      I LOVE YOU

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      roxy 5 years ago

      WOwowowowowowow

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      MA P 5 years ago

      I DON'T LIKE SNAKE THEY ARE KILLING MACHINE

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      Anthony Ogada 5 years ago

      very interesting article..but im afraid of snakes

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      david 5 years ago

      that's long as h*ll

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      jojo 5 years ago

      oh my god becky look at her butt tunchi

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      adamz 5 years ago

      i don't really like snake they r the ultimate killing machines.

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      erwin perales 5 years ago

      i relly like snake...i like seeing them.... lol

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      cic 5 years ago

      big i booki

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      RAMIL 5 years ago

      WOW SO SO SO LONG SNAKE

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      naphtali 5 years ago

      deadly

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      jonathan 5 years ago

      its so big;

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      michael 5 years ago

      that's so big snake

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      zohaib 5 years ago

      i was so scared

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      ravi 5 years ago

      kaka

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      delfin fernandez 5 years ago

      awsome i want to become snake

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      Chidi adigbo 5 years ago

      These snakes are way too large. Am scared to death

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      sannu patel 5 years ago

      lovely so big snake ilke it

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      SANAL MM 5 years ago

      i luv sleeping with snakes on mine bed

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      I P Singh 5 years ago

      If the longest snake is the ASIAN python,then better to change in the G/K book also which our children still considered the longest snake in the world is the ANACONDA.

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      paul sebastian d moll 5 years ago

      ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww yucks snake is for me 1 of the most terrifying creatures bcoz of its skin and looks im realy afraid of snakes

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      Anthony Ghana 5 years ago

      i luv sleeping with snakes on mine bed

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      YARHONDA CUNNINGHAM 5 years ago

      OOH MII FUCCKING GOSH THESE SNAKES ARE HUGE.., WHAT DOES THESE PEOPLE BE FEEDING THEM HUMANS LOL KML!!!!!!!!., :)

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      declan 5 years ago

      toat

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      mark john 5 years ago

      what is that ? i can sleep when i see a large snake.

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      maegan 5 years ago

      totoo kaya ito?

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      akira 5 years ago

      I like snakes because they are fun to play with and have people come see it as a house pet and just like it is in the forest it can have eggs and raise baby snakes.You can give people a baby snake if you want to give them one because you probably want to give a pet snake to some one.Sometimes i am scared of snakes because they bite.

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      JAMIYAH 5 years ago

      I LIKE SNAKES BECAUSE THEY ARE FUN BECAUSE SOME OF THEM DON'T BITE AND THEY ARE INTELLINGET BECAUSE THEY CAN OPEN THERE OWN BOX OR THERE OWN CAGES

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      rodrigo_canela@ig.com.br 6 years ago

      A maior cobra do mundo é a Sucuri, já foram encontradas cobras muito maiores que as pítons !!!

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      chad 6 years ago

      ganahan sla....

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      bjornborgboxers 6 years ago from The Netherlands

      Us humans have inborn complex behaviors toward spiders too!

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      pankaj 6 years ago

      it's big anacondas,i like it

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      lilmisswagga 6 years ago

      that is big ,huge and awsome

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      david de geare 6 years ago

      ooooooooo i like snakes from far but if its near me or it is crawling on my body i hate snakes

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      shakeela 6 years ago

      anywhom

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      xXSweetiXx 6 years ago from The Pacific Northwest

      Crazy! Snakes are awesome! However, I think my own mother would have a heart attack knowing this info, lol Thanks for sharing!

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      skyfire 6 years ago

      I wonder if there are any anacondas of size 10 meter ? Snakes are interesting as long as they keep distance. lol. Nice hub.

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      Venture Boyz 6 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      snakes creep me out. are snakes strictly fresh water or do they go in salt water as well? I'm already freaked out enough about sharks when I go in the ocean.. I don't want to have to worry about snakes too!! lol

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      Abbas Mujaheeed 6 years ago

      SNAKES RE THE BEST COZ THEY RE VRY DANGEROUS WHEN PROVOKED

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      marimccants 6 years ago

      Whoah! I don't think having a pet as big as that is fun. I'm already scared just by imagining such thing.

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      Destiny 6 years ago

      That is really ,cool ,and those snake are long

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      Amit 6 years ago

      Snakes are a gift from nature we should behave with it like a living thing but some people not understanding it and burn it or killing it.

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      morsid 6 years ago

      i like a snake i like a scale....

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Great article,thanks

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      rufis 6 years ago

      I like snakes they seem kewl but did u no that there not slimy the best thing to do is leave them alone not good for pets

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      AnkushKohli 6 years ago from India

      Wow! I love snakes only in dreams but in real life, I hate snakes. Anyways, its interesting to learn about snakes. May be, one day, I'll love them. Hahahaha!

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      Gojira 6 years ago

      I like that snake but i fear. Only snake friendly

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      Mark 6 years ago from IL

      The anaconda is the largest snake in the world, growing to in excess of 30 feet. The reticulated python is longest, but the anaconda exceeds it in weight. I would not like to mess with either one.

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      libby101a 6 years ago from KY

      Although I find snakes information quite interesting, I am not a big snake lover. However, I respect them and rate this hub up! Awesome job! I am more of an African male lion fan!!! Thumbs up though!!!

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      cameron 6 years ago

      he worlds largest snake is the reticulated python

      i love resurching snaks fo homework

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      em 6 years ago

      what the name of the worlds longest snake

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      Mike Dorsey 6 years ago

      Snakes are interesting! I have had Red Tipped Boa, Ball Python, Speckled King snake and hog nose snakes. You have to look at them as a creature that does not have the convenience of legs! He has to slither, as we say to get from here to there, a unique way to move compared to any other animal. Because some are poisonous, we have made all of them frightening! Some I have had, had gentile personalities and others had a mean streak! In Texas we have all North American Venomous snakes and I have Many experiences with them all. At a ranch I worked at five years ago, we found well over fifty mature copperheads living in the landscaping timbers around the main house. Good information on your hub!

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      JOHN 6 years ago

      WOW WHAT IS THAT AMAZING

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      BartCougy 6 years ago

      Crikey! That is quite the huge snake! Have no fear though since it isn't a stingray. Haha! Too soon? Oops! Well, in any case, these ol' boys make me want to move to a snakeless country - New Zealand perhaps? Now, if we could only get rid of some of the snakes in the American government, haha!

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      angelo 7 years ago

      wow...its so amazing

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      finatics 7 years ago

      Good luck, indeed. There is no way I am ever approaching one of those snakes, much less keep it in my home! I certainly do not have the courage to like them- it must run in the family. My mother once saw a snake about two inches long and screamed for my brother to kill it.

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      jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

      nice pics...

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      stunnercold 7 years ago from Dubai

      Great article ngureco. I don't particularly like snakes that much, let alone keep them as pets.

      Just thought I should share, I found an article on the most horrific sea creatures discovered near the australian coasts, its interesting:

      monstersexposed.blogspot.com/2010/06/helloo.html

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      Medical Writer 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Don't like the look of that slimy snake.

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      KG BOTSI 7 years ago

      Wow!!! its interesting to learn about snakes but i can just see myself living with such a big snake as a pet

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      ray 7 years ago

      i like it but i still think snakes are gross

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      chardee42 7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You're absolutely right about humans having certain instincts around snakes. Its interesting though how it affects some people a LOT more than others.

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      porshadoxus 7 years ago

      You mentioned a length of 8 meters. I remember reading somewhere (wish I could remember where) that anacondas could reach over 100 feet in length.

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      pete43 7 years ago from chesterfield uk

      as i own a female common boa ive had no problems with her in 2 years shes that soft you i can put her around my neck as long as ive got backup just in case somethin did happen she is 7ft2in at min and will grow to somethin like 8half foot do research first if you thinkin about gettin any snake that's wat i did even before i got her..........

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Glad there aren't any of those hanging out in my backyard!

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      rahul 7 years ago

      my money is on the anaconda...it certainly is the largest and most powerfull snake in the world

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      Jesus 7 years ago

      How the hell could you keep an anaconda as a pet? It would kill you!!!

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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Nice Hub-check out my snake hubs. I just finished one on the Gaboon Viper.

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      2 die 411 7 years ago

      That is amazing omg thatis amazing!

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      Slick.Trilla 7 years ago

      Wow. . . iHate those thinqz they make me vomit!!! =0 "yuck"

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      minidud 7 years ago

      i love snakes

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      nobody 7 years ago

      this is cool

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      DOUBLE K 7 years ago

      so cool and educational!

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      snake lover 7 years ago

      that's one big snake

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      Karli Duran 7 years ago from Texas

      My dad has the meanest snake in the world. Its a black pine snake from Mississippi.

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      spiderspun 7 years ago from Utopia, Ontario Canada

      Are those your snakes in the photos? they are lovely.

      I keep the reticulated python myself, and she is now 14 feet. She is still young. If you have a chance head over to my retic hub and see my video of her

      I also keep the ball python, sand boa and the Taiwan Beauty Rat Snakes

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      Final Phase Fat Loss 7 years ago

      I'm fascinated about snakes... One of my dreams was to see a snake in its natural environment. 8 years ago I want to Amazonian Forest (Brazil) and couldn't see any... I saw lots of crocodiles, monkeys... but no snakes :(

      Great Hub!

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      BODYLEVIVE 7 years ago from Alabama, USA

      I hate all snakes but great hub.

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      Amez 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Nice Hub, Snakes are neat as long as their not venomous, I rather raise Hamsters.

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      sudeep13582 7 years ago from Howrah

      oooh,,. its too faat and biiiiiiiigg

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      Jill Ness 7 years ago from California

      still not sure why anyone would want a pet snake. bleeh.

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      Topzenith 7 years ago

      I don't like snakes whether in dreams, dead or alive. But i appreciate God for creating them

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      marvin 7 years ago

      i don't like snake because snake is kill people

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      hannahz 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Ugh snakes are so scary!

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      RYPcontent 7 years ago from Chatham, IL

      Gross! I'm thankful those don't live around here!

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      jamesorr 7 years ago from Maryville, TN

      Cool, I love snakes and reptiles lol.

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      Nicks 7 years ago

      Well written and interesting - what about one on the most poisonous snakes of the world?

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      0659628 7 years ago

      cool