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Before the discovery of Titanoboa in 2009, the biggest snake fossils ever discovered were of Gigantophis garstini. Scientists speculate that it may have measured 33 feet in length. Gigantophis lived in what is now Egypt and Algeria roughly 40 million years ago.
Titanoboa was discovered in Columbia and is now regarded as the biggest snake ever. Paleontologists determined that Titanoboa reached 12.8 m (42 ft) and weighed about 1,135 kg or 2,500 lbs.
The longest living snake is the anaconda which is considered the largest snake in the world. The average green anaconda is about 17 feet in length and but they can grow as long as 30 feet and weigh 500 pounds. Reticulated python (Python reticulatus), found in southeastern Asia and the East Indies is the longest snake in the world. They have an average weight of 250 pounds. The largest ever weighed in at 350 pounds. In 1912, a python shot in Sulawesi, an Indonesian island east of Borneo, measured 10 m (32 ft 10 in).
According to former British Army officer, surveyor and adventurer Colonel Percy H. Fawcett who witnessed a giant anaconda in South America in the early 1900’s:
“We were drifting easily along on the sluggish current not far below the confluence of Tigor and the Rio Negro when almost under the bow there appeared a triangular head and several feet of undulating body. It was a giant anaconda. I sprang for my rifle as the creature began to make its way up the bank, and hardly waiting to aim smashed a .44 soft-nosed bullet into its spine, ten feet below the wicked head. At once there was a flurry of foam, and several heavy thumps against the boat’s keel, shaking us as though we had run on a snag…”
Fawcett, lacking a ruler, estimated the length of the anaconda at sixty-two feet with a twelve-inch diameter.
“Such large specimens as this may not be common, but the trails in the swamps reach a width of six feet and support the statements of Indians and rubber pickers that the anaconda sometimes reaches an incredible size dwarfing that shot by me. The Brazilian Boundary Commission told me of one exceeding eighty feet in length!”
Many feel giant snakes exceeding current world records are a reality. With bio-hacking and genetic tampering a modern reality, no one can predict what giant size and horrifying variation of snake the future will hold.