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The World Record for the Heaviest Snake

The heaviest snake in the world is the anaconda (Eunectes murinus) of tropical South America and Trinidad: it attains a considerable greater body weight than the much more slender reticulated python (Python reticulatus); for example, a 5.2m (17ft) anaconda would weigh roughly the same as a 7.3m (24ft) reticulated python. The record-holder is a female anaconda shot in Brazil in c. 1960. It was 8.45m (27ft 9in) long, with a girth of 1.11m (44in), and was estimated to have weighed nearly 227Kg (500lb).