World’s Largest Snake Found Dead Humbled by The World’s Smallest Reptile

Ask anyone what the largest snake in the world is and they’ll probably respond with something along the lines of “anaconda.” Ask that same person what the smallest snake in the world is and you get a much different response – it’s probably something like “eastern red-bellied snake.” This article isn’t about those snakes, though. It’s about a snake that would make even an anaconda curl up in fear: The world’s largest python. After being discovered by an amateur enthusiast, biologists from FCOHS have collaborated with local governments to find out more about this massive serpent.


The World’s Largest Snake Has Been Discovered

When it comes to the world’s largest snake, there are many contenders. First and foremost, though, we can say with certainty that the world’s largest snake has been discovered. The discovery of this python was made by an amateur enthusiast – a man who has made it his life’s work to search for and document the world’s largest snakes. His name is Benny Hui, and it was on a recent expedition to Malaysia’s rainforests in search of giant pythons that he made his most stunning discovery to date: a reticulated python that is estimated to weigh upwards of 550 pounds. Hui believes this giant to be the largest python ever recorded, and he has sought the help of biologists to confirm this suspicion.


Why is this snake so big?

As noted above, this snake is estimated to weigh a staggering 550 pounds. That’s more than enough to crush a full-grown human, but why is this snake so much larger than other pythons? In short, it’s all about the food source. Pythons, like all snakes, are carnivores. In the wild, they’re known to eat almost anything, from mammals like deer to birds, reptiles, and even fish. In the case of the world’s largest python, though, there’s one thing that’s become a staple in its diet: pigs.


Where is it?

As soon as this giant python was discovered, a team of biologists was deployed to the area. After a few days, a team of Malaysian biologists discovered the nest of this giant python, and they’ve since begun to monitor its movements and study it. The exact location of this giant python’s nest has not been disclosed, but we do know that it resides in Malaysia’s Selangor State, which is known for its dense forests. From the images and videos that have been released, it appears as though this giant python has made its home in one of the many limestone caves that dot the Selangor landscape.


What’s the world’s biggest snake eating?

As mentioned above, this massive snake is subsisting almost entirely on pigs. Despite being the world’s largest snake, this python is actually incredibly shy, and it only comes out at night to hunt pigs that have been let out of their pens or that have escaped from their owners. The world’s largest python is a reticulated python, and reticulated pythons are known for their incredible flexibility. As Benny Hui mentioned in a recent interview, the only thing keeping this giant python from climbing up into trees and being able to hunt birds is its lack of tree climbing muscles and ability to hold on branches. From the looks of things, though, it doesn’t take much to bridge that gap.


Why Are Pythons So Big?

It’s easy to assume that the reason this python is so large is because it’s simply a freak of nature. In reality, though, there are two main factors that lead to pythons being so large: genetics and the environment. When it comes to genetics, the larger the parent, the larger the offspring. That’s a fact that’s true throughout the entire animal kingdom, and it’s especially true of snakes. If you have two snakes that are genetically predisposed to being large, there’s a good chance every single one of their offspring will be large as well.


The World’s Largest Snake May Be In Danger

As noted above, this python’s diet is almost entirely pigs, and those pigs are being raised by farmers that are likely unaware that a giant snake is coming out at night to feed on them. It’s likely that this giant python has been feeding on pigs for decades now, and it’s unlikely that populations are large enough to sustain this python. The fact that this python has been feeding on pigs for so long means that pythons have been thriving in this ecosystem, but it also means that populations are likely to have been thinned out. It’s possible that this python is at risk of starving if it can’t find more pigs to feed on, and it’s also possible that farmers will take action to protect their herds.


Is There Anything We Can Do?

When it comes to conserving the world’s largest snake, there’s a lot that can be done. The first step, of course, is to find out more about this giant python. Benny Hui and the team of biologists that are studying it have a lot of important information, but it would be helpful to know where this python came from. The more information we have about this python, the easier it will be to protect it. If there are certain areas that are more important to this python than others, we can focus our efforts on those areas. Once we know more about this python, we can do everything in our power to protect it.