Big Things Are Happening at Your Zoo!
For the first time in our 77 year history, we have assembled and placed on exhibit a collection of the world’s six largest constricting snakes including several Asian Reticulated Pythons reported to reach over or very near 20 feet.
The other five giants represented, in order of their maximum length, are the Amazonian Green Anaconda which is in running for the longest and definitely the heaviest. One actual recorded weight was over 325 pounds.
Third place goes to the African Rock Python seldom seen in animal collections today, with verified recorded lengths of nearly 30 feet.
Fourth is the Indian Python currently reported to be the latest in a long line of foreign pests causing ecological damage in this country.
Fifth is the Amethystine Python at a recorded length of 29 plus feet. This is the rarest of this group in zoo collections and is notable for the slenderness of its body in comparison to the other giants.
Sixth is one that, although it is the best known of the constrictors, most people are surprised to learn that it is not higher up in the count. The Latin American Boa Constrictor, found in various subspecies from southern Mexico to Argentina, rarely exceeds 12 feet.