What is the biggest snake in the world? With more than 3,000 species of snakes living around the globe, there are a lot of candidates to consider. The largest snakes listed here were chosen because of their extraordinary length. The snakes with tremendous length combined with a large weight ranked even higher on the list.
#10 Biggest Snakes: The King Brown Snake – 11 Feet Long
The king brown snake (Pseudechis australis) can grow to a length of 11 feet. Though this snake is 11 feet in size, it only weighs around 13 pounds. This venomous snake lives in the grasslands, woods, and scrublands of central Australia. Its mixture of yellow and brown scales helps to camouflage it as it moves its long body in search of frogs and lizards. It has a conservation status of Least Concern with a decreasing population.
#9 Biggest Snakes: The King Cobra – 13 Feet Long
The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) can grow to be 13 feet in length with a weight of 20 pounds. The king cobra is not only one of the largest in the world, but it also claims the title of the longest venomous snake on earth!
They live in India, Southeast Asia and are found in rainforest habitats. These snakes can make themselves look even bigger when they ‘stand up’ or lift the top half of their body off the ground, in response to a threat. Its conservation status is Vulnerable, but it is a protected species in Vietnam.
#8 Biggest Snakes: The Boa Constrictor – 13 Feet Long
The boa constrictor (Boa constrictor) and a king cobra can both grow to be 13 feet in length. However, the boa constrictor is ranked higher on the list because it’s the heavier of the two at 60 pounds. Boa constrictors measure 2 feet in size as newborns. So, it’s no surprise they are one of the largest snakes in the world. These snakes live in South America. Some of them live in rainforests while others live in a semidesert habitat.
#7 Biggest Snakes: The Black Mamba – 14 Feet Long
The Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) can grow to a length of 14 feet. This snake is venomous and lives on savannas in the eastern and central parts of Africa. The slender black mamba only weighs about 3 pounds making it easy to move its long body at a speed of 12.5 miles per hour. The conservation status of this reptile is Least Concern with a stable population.
#6 Biggest Snakes: The African Rock Python – 16 Feet Long
The African rock python (Python sebae) can grow to a length of 16 feet. This reptile can have a weight of up to 250 pounds. It lives on the grasslands and the savannas of Africa. This snake wraps its large body around prey using its powerful muscles to suffocate them. These snakes are known to eat antelope, crocodiles, warthogs, and other large-size prey.
#5 Biggest Snakes: The Indian Python – 20 Feet Long
The Indian python (Python molurus) can grow to a length of 20 feet and sometimes longer. They have a weight of around 150 pounds. This reptile lives in the forests of Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Unfortunately, this reptile has a conservation status of Vulnerable. It’s hunted for its skin and consumed as food in some places. Loss of habitat is also affecting the population of this snake.
#4 Biggest Snakes: The Burmese Python – 23 Feet Long
The Burmese python (Python bivitattus) has a length of up to 23 feet and can weigh up to 200 pounds. This reptile lives in the marshes of southeast Asia including China. Its body has a girth, or thickness, equal to a telephone pole! Like other pythons on this list, a Burmese python wraps its strong body around its prey to suffocate it.
Their conservation status is Vulnerable with a decreasing population. These snakes are trapped and killed for their skin and used as food. Habitat destruction has also contributed to decreasing the prey of this snake, therefore, lowering its overall population.
#3 Biggest Snakes: The Amethystine Python – 27 Feet Long
The amethystine python (Morelia amethistina) can grow to a length of 27 feet and weigh 33 pounds. Females are usually larger than males. This reptile lives in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. Its habitat includes tropical forests, savannas, and shrublands. The conservation status of this snake is Least Concern with a stable population.
#2 Biggest Snakes: The Reticulated Python – 29 Feet Long
A reticulated python (Python reticulatus) can grow to a length of 29 feet and has a weight of up to 595 pounds! It’s called a reticulated python because of the mixed pattern of its brownish-yellow and black scales. The female reticulated python is usually larger than the male. This reptile lives in the rainforests and marshes of southeast Asia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. Their conservation status is Least Concern.
#1 Biggest Snakes: The Green Anaconda – 30 Feet Long
The green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) is the biggest snake in the world! It grows to a length of 30 feet and can weigh up to 550 pounds. If you stretched out a green anaconda to its full length, it would be about as long as the average school bus! Normally, female green anacondas are larger than males.
The snake that claims the title of biggest in the world lives in the Amazon rainforests and swamps of Brazil. They are carnivores capturing their prey of wild pigs and deer by wrapping their tremendous bodies around them and squeezing until the prey is dead.