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

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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.


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


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.


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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Robin on July 18, 2018:

I hate snakes they creep me out

Hope on May 26, 2018:

I love snakes so Kawaii and very good pets!

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dr waseem baber on April 21, 2014:

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

tenzin on February 14, 2014:

i like snakes

Oluchi on January 18, 2014:

I don't like snakes

mason on January 14, 2013:


lee smart on December 20, 2012:

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

ritiksha srivastava on November 12, 2012:

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

seth on October 26, 2012:

people most veinemos snake is the taipan.

Arpan Manjash Ekka on September 18, 2012:

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...

mahhen kashif on August 10, 2012:

its A verY very BIG snake

gooD for tHem

SUMIT KUMAR BANERJEE on July 13, 2012:


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roxy on May 24, 2012:


MA P on April 20, 2012:


Anthony Ogada on April 16, 2012:

very interesting article..but im afraid of snakes

david on March 05, 2012:

that's long as h*ll

jojo on March 01, 2012:

oh my god becky look at her butt tunchi

adamz on February 25, 2012:

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

erwin perales on February 19, 2012:

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

cic on February 16, 2012:

big i booki

RAMIL on February 05, 2012:


naphtali on January 27, 2012:


jonathan on January 26, 2012:

its so big;

michael on January 18, 2012:

that's so big snake

zohaib on January 11, 2012:

i was so scared

ravi on January 04, 2012:


delfin fernandez on December 23, 2011:

awsome i want to become snake

Chidi adigbo on December 13, 2011:

These snakes are way too large. Am scared to death

sannu patel on December 06, 2011:

lovely so big snake ilke it

SANAL MM on November 24, 2011:

i luv sleeping with snakes on mine bed

I P Singh on November 20, 2011:

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.

paul sebastian d moll on November 09, 2011:

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

Anthony Ghana on November 05, 2011:

i luv sleeping with snakes on mine bed

YARHONDA CUNNINGHAM on November 04, 2011:


declan on October 31, 2011:


mark john on October 05, 2011:

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

maegan on October 04, 2011:

totoo kaya ito?

akira on October 02, 2011:

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.

JAMIYAH on October 02, 2011:


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

chad on September 20, 2011:

ganahan sla....

bjornborgboxers from The Netherlands on September 19, 2011:

Us humans have inborn complex behaviors toward spiders too!

pankaj on September 17, 2011:

it's big anacondas,i like it

lilmisswagga on September 05, 2011:

that is big ,huge and awsome

david de geare on September 04, 2011:

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

shakeela on August 31, 2011:


xXSweetiXx from The Pacific Northwest on August 28, 2011:

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

skyfire on August 25, 2011:

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

Venture Boyz from Floating in the clouds on August 24, 2011:

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

Abbas Mujaheeed on August 22, 2011:


marimccants on July 01, 2011:

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

Destiny on June 15, 2011:

That is really ,cool ,and those snake are long

Amit on May 10, 2011:

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.

morsid on April 14, 2011:

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

Emma from Houston TX on March 11, 2011:

Great article,thanks

rufis on March 07, 2011:

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

Ankush Kohli from India on January 31, 2011:

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!

Gojira on January 18, 2011:

I like that snake but i fear. Only snake friendly

Mark from IL on January 09, 2011:

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.

libby101a from KY on December 02, 2010:

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!!!

cameron on November 11, 2010:

he worlds largest snake is the reticulated python

i love resurching snaks fo homework

em on November 07, 2010:

what the name of the worlds longest snake

Mike Dorsey on October 30, 2010:

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!

JOHN on September 29, 2010:


BartCougy on September 29, 2010:

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!

angelo on September 02, 2010:

wow...its so amazing

finatics on August 27, 2010:

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.

Jacob from Delhi, India on August 27, 2010:

nice pics...

stunnercold from Dubai on August 13, 2010:

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:

Medical Writer from Great Britain on August 03, 2010:

Don't like the look of that slimy snake.

KG BOTSI on July 31, 2010:

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

ray on July 27, 2010:

i like it but i still think snakes are gross

chardee42 from Orlando, FL on July 08, 2010:

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

porshadoxus on June 24, 2010:

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.

pete43 from chesterfield uk on June 18, 2010:

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..........

lender3212000 from Beverly Hills, CA on May 28, 2010:

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

rahul on May 23, 2010:

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

Jesus on May 17, 2010:

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

Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on May 13, 2010:

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

2 die 411 on May 11, 2010:

That is amazing omg thatis amazing!

Slick.Trilla on May 06, 2010:

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

minidud on April 29, 2010:

i love snakes

nobody on March 09, 2010:

this is cool

DOUBLE K on March 06, 2010:

so cool and educational!

snake lover on March 05, 2010:

that's one big snake

Karli Christine Duran from Texas on February 14, 2010:

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

spiderspun from Utopia, Ontario Canada on February 11, 2010:

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

Final Phase Fat Loss on February 08, 2010:

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!

BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on January 28, 2010:

I hate all snakes but great hub.

Amez from Houston, Texas on January 27, 2010:

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

sudeep13582 from Howrah on January 27, 2010:

oooh,,. its too faat and biiiiiiiigg

Jill Ness from California on January 27, 2010:

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

Topzenith on January 26, 2010:

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

marvin on January 25, 2010:

i don't like snake because snake is kill people

hannahz from Los Angeles on January 25, 2010:

Ugh snakes are so scary!

RYPcontent from Chatham, IL on January 25, 2010:

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

jamesorr from Maryville, TN on January 25, 2010:

Cool, I love snakes and reptiles lol.

Nicks on January 24, 2010:

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

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