green anaconda

It is among the largest snakes in the world, reaching lengths up to 11 meters (29 feet), though average size is closer to 9 meters (26 feet). It rivals the Reticulated Python for length, but is typically considerably heavier. It can weigh 250 kg (550 lb) and have a girth of more than 30 cm (11.8 inches) in diameter. The Green Anaconda might be the most exaggerated animal on earth in terms of size, with reports of lengths ranging up to 40 m (131 feet). Probably the largest snake ever actually measured was a shot-but-not-killed female near the Colombia-Venezuela border in 1944. This unweighed giant was measured as being 11.43 m (37.5 feet), before it apparently slithered off from its hunter, who thought it died. Females are significantly larger than males, having the largest sexual dimorphism of all the snakes. Cryptozoologists believe that the green anaconda species is responsible for the sightings of giant anacondas.

The Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) is a giant South American snake. It is the largest member of the boa family and the most heavy bodied member of the super-order Squamata.


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