In the Amazon jungle, a new species of giant snake has been found

By TravelWiseFeb 27, 2024 23:45 PMNews
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In the Amazon jungle, a new species of giant snake has been found
Scientists discover new species of snakes of impressive size. Source: Pexels

During an expedition to the Ecuadorian Amazon organized by the University of Queensland, scientists discovered a new species of giant snake, rumored to be the largest in the world. The scientists received an invitation to the Bameno region from the Waorani people, who informed them about the "largest anacondas in the world."

According to eyewitnesses, they had been observing these creatures for some time. CNN reported that the study was conducted as part of the filming for the upcoming National Geographic series.

"The size of these majestic creatures was incredible. One of the female anacondas we encountered was an impressive 6.3 meters (20.7 feet) long," said Professor Brian Fry, a biologist at the University of Queensland who led the expedition.

According to the researchers, local residents claimed to have seen snakes 7.5 meters (24.6 feet) long and weighing 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) in the area.

According to the Natural History Museum of Great Britain, green anacondas were still considered the heaviest snakes in the world, as the heaviest individual ever recorded weighed 227 kilograms (500 pounds) with a length of 8.43 meters (27.7 feet).

The new species of northern green anaconda is genetically different from the southern one by 5.5%. This fact indicates that the two species separated almost 10 million years ago.

"This is quite a significant difference. For comparison, humans differ from chimpanzees by only about 2 percent," explained Professor Fry.

As TravelWise previously reported, snake hunters in Florida caught a 17-foot python.

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