These snakes vary in size, usually from 3 to 7 meters long but others growing up to 10
meters. Their sizes depend on their habitat and the alimentation they receive. They can
weigh up to 80kg, but most of them are much smaller. They have a very complex
colouring that enables them to blend into their surroundings and become virtually
invisible to prey. They are a mix of olive green, black, white and a gold like shade of
This specie comes from Southeast Asia and has inhabited many islands,
due to the great distance they can swim. They tend to live in forests and jungles, near to
rivers and lakes to facilitate their access to water.
These snakes are excellent swimmers and like to live near river edges and
lakes. They are slow movers but can cover great distances in one day. They are mainly
active at night, can be very aggressive and when they feel threatened they curl up.
Because of their size these snakes are very heavy.
They usually live on the floor but can sometimes be found living in trees or hiding in
the water, as it’s a great place for them to hunt from.
These snakes have a varied diet, consuming rodents, primates, even eating animals
heavier than themselves! They ambush their prey then curl themselves around them,
crushing their airways, eventually killing them. They take a long time to digest their
food and because of this they only eat once every few weeks.
They’ve been known to eat pets like dogs or cats and farm animals, creating tension
with farmers who breed these animals for a living.
These snakes can lay up to 80 eggs at a time, the mother abandoning
them as soon as they’ve been laid. She finds a warm place to lay them so they will be
well incubated and in approximately 90 days the young will hatch and be around two
feet long. These babies will have to fend for themselves from the start.
Behavior with Humans:
Humans don’t need to worry about venom or bites with these
snakes, just about them wrapping themselves around the person, as they can crush them
to death. Some people that have had these snakes as pets have been killed by their
powerful grip as it takes an awful lot of strength to be able to free yourself from it.
They’re linked to a lot of deaths, both in the wild and in captivity, known to devour