Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that snakes are an impressive bunch of reptiles. These critters have existed for millions of years, are able to survive in an array of climates and are found on every continent except Antarctica.But which species of slithering reptile is the hardest to overlook? While there are several contenders for the title of world’s largest snake, here are three of the biggest and longest snakes known to man:
Weighing in at 550 pounds, the aptly named giant anaconda(Eunectes murinus) is the largest snake in the world considering its length-to-weight ratio. This species, also known as the green anaconda, averages about 17 feet in length, though some individuals grow to as long as 30 feet.
And this aquatic monster has been known to measure as much as three feet around the middle. But don’t worry: Giant anacondas don’t bite. Instead, they kill their prey by suffocating or drowning it.
Growing up to 30 feet long, the reticulated python (Python reticulatus) of southeastern Asia and the East Indies is the longest snake in the world. These giants have an average weight of 250 pounds, but the largest known specimen in existence weighs in at a whopping 350 pounds.