If you want to list, two of the greatest snakes found and discovered on this planet, then they are none other than Python and Anaconda. These two are strongest and most popular among all the giant snake species. There are people who even think that these two different species are one and the same. This may be because of their size and way of eating and attacking. But comparatively, pythons are slower than anacondas.
The most important thing that you should know about these two snake types is that they are members of two unique families of snakes.
Their Family And Characteristics
Anacondas are categorized into a snake family called the Boa family. They are mostly found in Amazon basis and South America. But python is from Pythonidae family. Pythons are found in South Asia’s dense and thick forests.
Size Of Anaconda
There are many anaconda types in the Boa family that are one of the heaviest of all the snakes found to date. They are well known as the biggest snakes that we even knew. Of course, even Python is the longest and it is also big enough. They are one of the most popular as well. But we need to compare their weight and size and then decide which is heavier and bigger.
Anaconda can weigh 550 pounds. They are found to grow over 25 feet long. There are Anacondas that have crossed this limit as well but this is the normal weight and length. But python can grow till 33 feet. This is their average length and they may grow bit more based on their location and habitat. But when it comes to weight, even a 20 feet anaconda can weight more than a 33 feet python.
So, we need to understand that if we are considering the heaviest, then it is not python but anaconda.
Anaconda was never a choose eater. They can eat anything that is overpowered. So, items that come in this list will also be added to their menu. Surprisingly they can easily overpower crocodiles and they have the capacity to eat them as a whole. This shows their innate power.
But python is always a choosy eater. It never crosses its menu and it chooses its food carefully. Python being a giant snake always prefers to eat birds and mammals.
Habitat Of Anaconda
Anaconda is one of the aquatic snakes and it loves to live in swamps, marshes, and rivers. It is a good swimmer and the most important feature that you should be noticing in anaconda is, its eyes are placed on top of its head. This is the main reason it can submerge in water and wait for its prey for minutes.
Python loves tress and it always prefers to perch on them. It demands drier land and this snake can see clearly in the dark. This is the reason it is very easy for python to hunt its prey at night and it catches birds and mammals.
Even though it is a hypothetical situation where python encounters anaconda, we can think about what happens when they are standing on opposite sides. These two are considered as giant snakes but Anaconda can easily kill python since it is bulkier, stronger, and heavier.