Check out the biggest snakes around the world! From giant anaconda to the famoud king cobra, this top 10 list of largest snakes on earth will make you sssshiver!
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14. Yellow Anaconda
When most people think of an anaconda, they are thinking of the green anaconda. But the yellow anaconda is the smallest species of anaconda there is, if you can consider it small! It reaches a maximum length of 10 feet (3 m). As its name suggests, this type of snake is usually yellow or greenish yellow with black or dark brown blotches, spots, and streaks.
It is native to Paraguay, Bolivia, southern Brazil, and northern Argentina. They are threatened by illegal poaching and are hunted for their meat and skins.
Anaconda generally refers to the Eunectes genus of snakes which are members of the boa family. Unlike most snakes that usually lay eggs, anacondas give birth to live young and live near bodies of water. If they catch their meal in the water, they will suffocate it to and/or drown it, whichever comes first!
The Yellow Anaconda is no exception and it is also not a picky eater! They’ll eat just about anything they can swallow. The Telegraph newspaper reported a story about wildlife photographer Chris Brunskill who captured a ferocious battle between a jaguar and a yellow anaconda! Who do you think the winner was? Let us know in the comments below! The answer is coming up!!
13. Eastern Indigo Snake
Indigo snakes are the longest snake species in the United States. The longest recorded specimen of the species measured over 9 feet (2.8 m) long! They’re called indigo snakes because their scales are a shiny blackish purple. They are not venomous but they do prey on other snakes, frogs, turtles, lizards, birds, and mammals including mice and rats. They are a bit uncommon and usually are only found in southeastern states like Georgia and Florida- you know how much snakes like Florida! A curious fact is that they love to wander, females will often live in an area of about 100 acres and males will use even 4 times that amount of space. They may often be found sharing a burrow with a gopher tortoise to protect them from the cold. They are listed as a threatened species because so many people have gone out into the wild to collect them for the pet trade.
Speaking of being threatened, if the Eastern Indigo feels attacked, it will flatten its head, and hiss and vibrate its tail. Vibrating its tail produces a rattling sound that mimics the rattle of a rattlesnake. However, these snakes rarely bite and, when they do, remember, it is not venomous.
This is the largest pit viper in the world! The bushmaster’s scientific name translated from latin literally means “Silent”.
A pit viper is a type of venomous snake that possesses a sensitive pit that allows it to accurately aim when striking. The pit allows it to detect another creature’s heat signature. How’s that for a super power! Not only can they see the world in the visible light spectrum like we can, but the pit serves as heat sensors, so they can also see in the infrared spectrum.
Native to the scrublands and forests of southern central America to northern South America, it prefers damp areas with lots of rain. Their population is actually unknown because they live in dense forests and unexplored areas.
There are three species of pit vipers and they are all large. The bushmaster ranges from 6.5 feet (2 m) to over 12 feet (3.5 m) making them the longest venomous snake found in the Americas!! They are considered the 2nd longest venomous snake in the world after the king cobra.
A bushmaster may wait for weeks in a single location, waiting to ambush its prey, which is usually rodents. Few people have been bitten but just that little amount of data suggests that there is an 80% mortality rate, also making this snake the deadliest snake in the Americas. Fun fact: They are also the only egg-laying pit viper found in the Americas as well. This snake breaks all kinds of records!