What's the world's biggest snake?
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
A few years ago scientists found fossilized remains of what was possibly the world's largest snake. Titanoboa or "titanic boa" is a genus of snake that lived approximately 60 million years ago. Fossils found in northeastern Colombia's Cerrejon coal mine indicate the reptile, dubbed Titanoboa cerrejonesis, was at least 42 feet (13 meters) long and weighed 2,500 pounds (1,135 kilograms). All snakes are cold-blooded reptiles. Snakes have to maintain body heat by absorbing it from their environment and it is thought that the huge prehistoric snakes grew to so big because of a much warmer climate.
Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
The Green Anaconda is the heaviest snake in the world, with the largest reputable find measuring 25 feet long and weighing 500 pounds. An anaconda is a large, non-venomous snake found in tropical South America. The primarily nocturnal anaconda species tend to spend most of its life in or around water. They are cumbersome on land, but stealthy and sleek in the water. The green anaconda is typically dark green with oval black spots. The name "anaconda" is derived from the Tamil word "anaikolra", which means "elephant killer."
Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)
The longest snake living today is the reticulated python. They are the world's longest snakes and longest reptile, but are not the most heavily built. The largest reputable Reticulated Python was over 33 feet long, but only weighed about 335 pounds. The reticulated python lives in rain forests, woodlands, nearby grasslands and rivers, and is found in areas with nearby streams and lakes. There are claims of larger snakes reaching up to 50 feet in length, but unfortunately unverified.