What animal has no legs or limbs? Definitely a snake. No animal can instill fear in us like a venomous snake. This is because the chances of encountering a venomous snake and being bitten and dying are very small compared to death due to disease, or a vehicle accident. This seemingly absurd fear remains real to the public. The species described here live mainly in the tropics, but some live in research centers and zoos near you.
1. Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)
The longest snake of all time can reach 9 meters and weigh 100kg or more is no other than Reticulated Python itself. There is a snake named Medusa which is 767 cm long and weighs 160 kg. Medusa is only 9 years old. Not only that, because this species can live for 21 years, Medusa are predicted to grow about 9 meters or more.
Medusa is currently housed at “The Edge of Hell Haunted House” in Kansas City.
2. Amethystine Python (Morelia amethistina)
This species can be found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and even Australia. If you want to know, this species is a craze to reptile enthusiasts. This is because, it is among the largest in the three countries.
Amethystine Python is capable of growing up to more than 5 meters long. A female weighs in at 15 kg. some females weigh 30 kg and even the heaviest found is 90 kg! Meanwhile, a male is very small with only 5.1 kg to 11 kg at maturity.
3. Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
This species gets a lot of attention when it becomes a huge monster in the movie. However, it does not run away from the fact that even the Green Anaconda was named the heaviest snake in the world.
It can only be found in South America and comes from a family that strangle the victim to death. The female is much larger than the male with a length of 4 to 4.5 meters and weighs 60 to 70 kg while the male is only 2.5 to 3 meters long. A female will sometimes eat her mate as a dessert after mating.
4. African Rock Python (Python sebae)
This python species is only found in Africa. It’s length can reach a maximum of 7 meters and the longest of one was killed back in 1958. Mature snakes usually grow up to 4.8 to 5 meters only. The African Rock Python eats animals that are small or similar in size to it such as small deer, monkeys, lizards and some claim it can swallow a crocodile. You have to be careful if you come across this python, it may see you as a dish.
5. Burmese Python (Python bivittatus)
Its habitat is in East – South Asia. It is one of the molurus Python subspecies. In addition, this species can grow up to 3 or 4 meters long and the longest been recorded is 5 meters long. It is very famous in the world of snake breeding. The interesting fact about it is that it is good at swimming and needs a constant source of water to survive.
Since the 20th century, this species has multiplied in abundance in Florida, USA due to the large number of snake enthusiasts who discard it. The main reasons are due to it’s massive size that have been intimidating its owner and the requirement of food supplies.
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