Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Biggest Snakes Ever Recorded

Welcome back my fellow learners, today we are going to learn about some of the largest snakes know to man.

Snakes are mysterious but venomous creatures that are found all over the world. There are several types of species which are described categorically depending on their venom or length. Below are the top 10 longest snakes recorded so far. They are longer than most snakes, ranging in length from 3 to 9 meter. This makes them notable amongst their kind.

1. Indigo snakes are large snakes that can reach over 3 meters. Their scales are smooth and come in many colour variations, including a lush blue black colour.

2. Diamondback Rattlesnakes grow up to 3.9 feet in length. However, some have been recorded of being over 4.9 feet, the longest every documented was a whopping 6.99 feet. Males are much bigger than the females, however, this size difference does not happen until after they have reached maturity.

3. The Brown Snakes venom is said to be the second most toxic venom in the world, the first being the Australian Inland Tiapan. Bites from the Brown Snake will cause fatalities within minutes, not days, with even new bornes delivering enough venom to kill up to 20 adults.

4. Bushmasters vary in length ranging from 6.5 to 8.25 feet, although some have been seen up to 10 feet. The largest ever recorded was under 12 feet, making it the longest venomous snake within the Western Hemisphere.

5. The Boa constrictor is a big snake, however, only modestly compared to other snakes like the reticulated and Burmese python, and have been know to leach lengths from 3 to 3 feet depending on the area and food.

6. The king cobra is the daddy of all venomous snake, reaching up to 18.5 feet. This species usually preys upon other snakes, is found mostly in forests from India through to South east Asia, the Philippines and Indonesia.

7. Diamond python, is a medium to large snake, usually located around coastal areas and south eastern Australia. They are also found at higher altitudes than other species of Australian python.

8. Reticulated python is found in South east Asia. Adults have been known to grow over 28 feet in length, but on average 10 20 feet. They are the world’s longest snakes, but not the most heavy. Like most pythons, they are non venomous and are not usually considered dangerous to people. 

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