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Longest Snakes in the World

Snakes are fascinating creatures that play an extremely important role in balancing nature throughout the world. These reptiles have absolutely amazing characteristics despite having no legs, eyelids or external ears. To distinguish certain species of snakes many herpetologists characterize serpents by their color, size, length and venom. So, have you ever wondered what species of snakes are the longest in the world. Well, prepare to be amazed with a list of the top ten longest snakes in the world! The ratings below are determined by length, size and traits. It is important to note that some of these lengths might be speculative.

10. Indigo Snake

Indigo snakes are recognized as one of the longest snake species in the U.S with the longest recorded species measuring 2.8 meters. They received their name from the glossy ventral scales that shine blackish purple in light. These nonvenomous snakes are known to prey on other snakes, frogs, turtles, lizards, birds and mammals including mice and rats.

9. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Diamondback Rattlesnakes are known to be the largest rattlesnake species with maximum reported lengths measuring up to 2.5 to 3 meters. These serpents are often feared by humans because of their powerful venom that has known to be extremely painful and even kill. When these snakes are cornered, they shake their infamous tails to warn travelers to back off. They commonly prey on rats, mice, feeder chicks, birds and squirrels.

8. Giant Brown Snake

The Giant Brown Snake is considered the world’s second most venomous land based snake with enough venom in one bite to potentially kill over 20 humans! It is known to cause death within minutes rather than hours. This serpent is also one of the longest venomous snakes with maximum recorded lengths up to 2.4 to 3.4 meters.

7. Bushmaster

The Bushmaster is known to be the largest venomous snake in the Western Hemisphere and also the longest viper in the world. The largest Bushmaster snake was recorded over 3.65 meters. These snakes are called pit vipers because they have infrared pits between their eyes and nostrils helping them detect prey. They commonly eat small rodents.

6. Boa Constrictor

Boa Constrictors are large snakes that have been known to grow up to almost 5 meters. Boa Constrictors are extremely hard to identify because their coloring can differ from one area to the next. Young Boa Constrictors tend to prey on small mice, lizards, bats and more. However, large constrictors are capable of eating medium sized animals such as ocelots.

5. King Cobra

King Cobras are the world’s longest venous snakes with maximum lengths measuring up to 5.7 meters. This fearsome snake predominantly preys on other snakes and is found in India through Southeast Asia. If this serpent thinks you are a threat it will rear up its body and flash its fangs and hiss.

4. Diamond Python

Diamond Pythons are medium to large snakes that have known to grow as long as 4 meters. There is also speculation that the largest Diamond Python recorded was 6.4 meters long. These snakes are recognized by their clusters of yellow or cream scales that take the shape of diamonds.

3. Indian Python

The Indian Python is among one of the largest nonvenomous snakes in the world commonly measuring up to 3 to 4 meters long. There is speculation that this snake has reached up to 7.6 meters in length! This serpent is mainly found in India and resides in a wide range of habitats. Although extremely large, these snakes have been known to be timid towards attackers.

2. Green Anaconda

The Green Anaconda is one of the heaviest and longest snakes in the world with a top lengths of 8 to 9 meters long! However, this snake has received some of the most extreme size exaggerations making it extremely hard to pinpoint the exact size of the serpent.

1. Reticulated Python

The Reticulated Python is known to be the world’s longest snake and has been recorded to reach over 10 feet! These nonvenomous snakes are found in Southeast Asia and are surprisingly not considered to be dangerous to humans.

Do you own one of these long renowned serpents? If you do, depending on their life stage, these snakes are commonly fed frozen rats, frozen rabbits, and frozen guinea pigs. So, order frozen feeders today to keep your growing exotic pet strong and healthy!

 

 

 

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