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8 Snake Facts

8 Snake Facts, Everything you need to know about snakes
          Having cared for a Reticulated Python and a Burmese Python before, my fascination with snakes goes with my interest for these type of creatures. The feeling of having one coiled by your neck without the danger of being bitten and constricted to death feels like no other. No wonder why we see a lot of celebrities doing sexy shots with this two types of snakes in TV and movies. Including the venomous types which I have no dream of having as pet, I share to you this additional knowledge of snakes you have to avoid and the types you could look forward at touching in the future if you ever dream of "being one with nature" that sort of feeling.

1. The Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) is considered the largest and heaviest snake in the world with a maximum recorded length of 5.21 m (18 ft) and 250 kg (550 lb) weight. There of course remains much larger ones speculated to remain in the wild which deprives the ease for actual measurement. The scientific community offers a prize of $50,000 for a living anaconda exceeding 30 feet to be caught and presented for measurement but such prize remains unclaimed.

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2. The Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) was touted as the longest snake in the world although considerably lighter than the anaconda. Lengths of up to 8.7 m (28 ft) had been verified although longer ones estimated to exceed 30 feet had been caught and killed but not officially measured.

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3. The King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the longest venomous snake in the world with recorded lengths of up to 5.7 m (18.7 ft)and weight of 6 kg (13 lb).

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4. The heaviest venomous snake is the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) with a recorded weight of 12 kg (26 lb).

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5. The largest overall venomous snake is the South American Bushmaster ( Lachesis muta) with recorded length of 3.65 m (12 ft) and 8.5 kg (19 lb) weight.

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6. The fastest and unfortunately one of the deadliest snakes in the world is the Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis). Capable of moving 4.5 to 5.4 meters per second (16-20 km/h, 10-12 mph) running away after crossing this type of snake along your path is definitely a futile attempt. This snake is also the longest venomous snake in Africa averaging 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) and a diurnal type (active in daytime). The good news is, this snake uses its speed to get away from threats, not to attack. It has the habit of confronting attackers when cornered and it won’t bite unless its first attempt to scare people away fails.

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7. The smallest snake in the world is the Barbados Threadsnake (Leptotyphlops carlae). Found in the Caribbean island of Barbados, adults of this snake type only reach 10 cm (4 inches).

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8. The largest snake fossil ever discovered was that of the Titanoboa (Titanoboa cerrejonenses) meaning “Titanic boa”, estimated to have lived 58 t0 60 million years ago, a ten million year gap after the extinction of the dinosaurs. Based on fossil reconstruction and approximation, this creature reached 12 to 15 m (40 to 50 feet) and weighed about 1,135 kg (2,500 lb). Fossils of 28 individual snake of this species had been unearthed at the coal mines of Cerrejon in La Guajira, Colombia in 2009.

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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eunectes_murinus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_reticulatus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Cobra

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lachesis_muta

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_adamanteus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_mamba

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptotyphlops_carlae

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanoboa

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Comments (7)

interesting facts about snake...

Absolutely fascinating, I have a healthy respect for snake, healthy in that I give them a wide berth. respect in that I love to know about them. Great article

Brilliant discussion

fascinating facts Will. They are very beautiful that is for sure, it's no wonder they were hunted for their skins. I remember reading about the snakes you looked after, didn't one escape?? anyway as beautiful as they are I still think I prefer something furry to be cuddled up to my neck!

Excellent facts Will! I can't help getting the shudders upon reading this and looking at these pictures though. Snakes are rather scary to me!

Can't help it, they scare the hell out of me but you have done a great collection of facts and photos.

yamani wlaken

weird things to see and read about it ..

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