The biggest, smallest, deadliest
smallest snake: Dwarf
blind snake (Leptotyphlops humilis) is only 10 cm long.
A rare snake found only on the islands of St. Lucia, Martinique and Barbados,
it is a member of the family of blindsnakes
which feed on tinier prey like insects and worms.
Snake: The Reticulated
Python (Python Reticulatus)
was recognised as the longest snake with the maximum verified length
of 10.1 meters (almost as long as a bus!). However according to some myths
the Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
(left) from South America can reach 18 meters. But up till today the prize
offered by the New York Zoological Society for a 9-meter specimen remains
unclaimed. The Green Anaconda, however, is the heaviest snake in the world,
and can grow up to about 130 kgs. Pythons
and boas are among the largest and longest snakes.
Most venomous snake: The
Hook-nosed seasnake (Enhydrina schistosa) from The Perisan
Gulf to Southern Asia is considered to be the most poisonous. Its venom
is estimated to be 100 times more potent than the King Cobra. But few people
are killed by it because like most seasnakes, it
is shy and gentle and seldom bites, even when handled by people.
Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus)
Deadliest snake: The
(Ophiophagus hannah) from India eastward to Vietnam, southern
China, and the Philippines, and Southeast Asia through Malaysia and Indonesia.
It is also considered the longest venomous snake, averaging 3m with the
longest verified length at 5.58m. Although its venom may not be as toxic
as the hook-nosed seasnake, the King Cobra can inject a larger quantity
of venom. Its glands can contain about 6 millilitres of venom, which is
enough to kill an Asian elephant.
The shortest venomous snake: The
Narqua Dwarf Adder (Bitis Schneideri) from Namibia, Africa.
A big specimen reaches only 20cm, or about the length of a drinking straw.
The biggest snake that ever lived: The
Giant African Python (Giagantophis garstini) that lived
55 million years ago in Africa. It was about 11.8m long.
again the next season.
Is owned by the Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica)
of Africa. Its fangs are more than 5cm long from base to tip. The snake
itself can grow to 2m and is thick and muscular. In addition, it is superbly
camouflaged for its favourite ambush spot; leaf-strewn undergrowth. (There
are TWO Gaboon Vipers in the photo on the left, can you find them both?).
They prey on birds, mammals and have been known to take even small antelopes.
Although their venom is not as toxic as some snakes, they are dangerous
because they can inject a large quantity.
The coolest snake: Is probably
the European Adder (Vipera berus).
It is found across Europe, Asia to Sakhalin Island and extending into
the Arctic Circle at 67 deg N in parts of southern Siberia. It is
active only for a few months and during the cold season lies deep
within soil crevices. Females give birth to live young in about 2
months but don't feed while they are pregnant. Many die after giving
birth and survivors often fail to gather enough energy to breed.
The oldest snake: is a male Boa
Constrictor (Boa constrictor) called ‘Popeye’ which died in 1977 at
the ripe old age of 40 years 3 months and 14 days at Philadelphia
The fastest snake: is believed
to be the black mamba of Africa. It is reputed to be able to travel
up to 14-19 km/h in short bursts.
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Why and how do snakes kill?
Snake predators and how do snakes protect themselves?
Snake mating, eggs
Where are snakes found? Fascinating snake adaptations to various
Snake bites and first aid
Snakes in danger: role
and conservation and
snakes in human culture
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