Snakes come in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from just a few inches, to monsters over 30 feet long. One species, though, holds the record for the longest of all, and it can grow to truly gigantic lengths. It is the python, and among the most instantly recognised of all snake species. Pythons belong to a large and diverse family group, and not all grow to the gigantic length of the reticulated python, which is the largest of all. Some pythons are considerably smaller than their giant cousins and make popular pets to snake enthusiasts. Unfortunately, they are also heavily hunted due their beautiful skins which are in high demand from the fashion industry.
Because of their enormous size, pythons are often the subject of myth and folk-lore, and deemed by many to be terrible creatures. The reality is that they would much rather leave us well alone, and would rather be left alone themselves. When encounters do occur is often because their habitat is being destroyed and they need to go in the search for food, bringing them into contact with people.
Pythons are very successful snakes and are commonly found throughout Asia, Africa and Australasia. Such an interesting animal also comes with some very interesting facts.
Python Fact #10: Longest Snake Species
Snakes can grow long, very long, but there are none longer than the reticulated python. The longest ever in captivity reached an incredible 25 feet and 3 inches long, with unverified reports of one being discovered that was an unbelievable 33 feet long. While the title of the world’s longest snake goes to the reticulated python, some other species of python can also reach some astonishing lengths.
Although the python takes title of the longest snake, it is not necessarily considered to be the largest snake. That title generally goes to the green anaconda, which although not quite as long it is a lot thicker. This makes the green anaconda considerably heavier, granting them the title of the largest snake in the world.
Either way, they are both impressive animals, and not to be messed with should you encounter one in the wild.