Based in Los Angeles, California, Josh Ruffell is a freelance wildlife consultant with extensive experience as an animal handler and trainer. Josh Ruffell has worked in capacities ranging from handling animals on the sets of Hollywood productions to spending time as a manager with New England Reptile Distributors in Plaistow, New Hampshire. Throughout his career, he has gained extensive knowledge working with large reptiles.
The green anaconda is widely recognized as one of the largest snakes on earth. It has an average length of 17 feet, though some specimens have reached up to 30 feet. The green anaconda can potentially obtain a weight of up to 500 pounds. Although the Reticulated python may possibly achieve an even longer overall length, the green anacondas girth almost certainly makes it the heaviest snake species.
Despite the impressive size of the green anaconda, it does not rank as the largest reptile in the world. That title belongs to the saltwater crocodile of Southeast Asia and Australia. Specimens can exceed 18 feet in length, with the largest on record measuring 20.3 feet and weighing over 2300 pounds.
A mention must also be made of the world’s largest lizard, the komodo dragon. While dwarfed by the length of the green anaconda and sheer mass of the saltwater crocodile, komodo dragons are nonetheless impressive animals in their own right. Male komodos can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh as much as 300 pounds, far surpassing the size of any other lizard.