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Old 02-15-2006, 08:12 PM
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Largest Boa Constrictor?

This topic is probably kind of stupid but I was bored at work.

I tried finding it in the Guiness Book of World Records online but all I could come up with was the longest snake, the heaviest living snake, and the oldest snake. Any ideas on how large the largest Boa Constrictor might be? What is a really, really big Boa? (Anacondas don't count right?)


Heaviest Living Snake:
The heaviest living snake is a Burmese Python weighing 182.76 kg (403 lb.) It is 21 years old, 8.23-m (27 ft) long, and has a girth of 71.12 cm (28 in) Known as "Baby", she lives at the Serpent Safari Park in Gurnee, Illinois, USA.

Longest Snake:
The reticulated python (Python reticulates) of southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines regularly exceeds 6.25 m (20 ft 6 in). The record length is 10 m (32 ft 9.5 in), for a specimen shot in Celebes, Indonesia, in 1912.

Oldest Snake:
The greatest age reliably recorded for a snake is 40 years, 3 months, and 14 days for a male common boa (Boa constrictor) named Popeye, who died at Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania, USA, on April 15, 1977.

BTW, if anyone can find a snake longer than 33 feet the New York Zoo(I think) will pay you 50,000 dollars.
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:20 PM
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Found this

http://www.oaklandzoo.org/atoz/azboa.html
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:40 PM
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Bingo! Thanks, 18.5 feet. Wonder how much that weighed? Probably similar to a 18.5 Burm I bet.
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doesnt even sound possible wow 18.5 feet long, what was it BCI or BCC anyone know??
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:56 PM
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They didn't give much info on the snake on that website, just the length.
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They didn't give much info on the snake on that website, just the length.
yea i know that kinda stinks i was wondering if anyone knew about it cuz i didnt see it there
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Old 02-15-2006, 09:14 PM
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I think the largest "rtb" was 18' but it was later reidentified as a green anaconda. Thats what I see in my book and on most sites
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:34 PM
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thatd be pretty insane though if there was an 18 foot rtb
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yeh i bet it was a bcc tho
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how big do bcc's get?...generally speaking i guess
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:54 PM
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how big do bcc's get?...generally speaking i guess
3-4 meters according to RioBravoReptiles(peruvians), so 10-13 feet about(female I'm guessing)
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Old 02-16-2006, 01:21 AM
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18 foot Boa, NOT

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The 18.5 foot record quoted there refers to a specimen of Trinidad. This report has since been entirely debunked as an error. Apparently the animal measured was an Anaconda (Eunectes murinus ssp.), exactly how the story got turned around to it being a Boa was closely detailed in a scientific review a few of years ago, but the story lives on. As it happens Boa of the Island of Trinidad are not particularly large (7-9'), but they are the only island form of BCC.
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The San Diego Zoo had a large redtail, reportedly over 14 feet, when I saw it some years ago it was not nearly so large. The Zoo in San Antonio, Texas had a Colombian boa, quite obviously also a BCC. It was donated by a friend and compadre of mine when it was over 9' in length and the last time I saw it the animal had grown to at leat 12' long, beautiful and impressive. Any Boa over about 10' should be considered a monster..
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One Peru female I had did grow to almost 13'.. It is likely the BCC from Suriname and Guyana also get that big. Habitat and how old the animal is allowed to get play a part in their length. A guy named Johnson says he has a 13'+ Guayana boa and I believe him.
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Old 02-16-2006, 01:25 AM
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Shucks our bccsalmost had a record
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Old 02-16-2006, 01:30 AM
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anacondas are part of the boa family
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anacondas are part of the boa family
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Well of course, but they are not in the monotypic genus Boa. And also an 18' Anaconda is barely big enough to mention, whereas any Boa constrictor in that range would be a phenomenon.. which is what the thread is about.
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I really find that discussions of the maximum lengths of Boa and other serpents may be entertaining but they have little value in regards to our animals.. I mean Wilt Chamberlain was over 7' tall but we don't speak of the height of Homo sapiens as being in that range.. somewhere well under 6' is the accepted average or expected height of a mature human, a very large percentage-wise and statistical shortfall of Wilt's stature.. Even if someone had an 18' Boa constrictor (no one has ever) that means nothing.. we know that Boas don't get that large under the conditions we supply.
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Quote:
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The 18.5 foot record quoted there refers to a specimen of Trinidad. This report has since been entirely debunked as an error. Apparently the animal measured was an Anaconda (Eunectes murinus ssp.)
I was right!!!!
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I was right!!!!
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Yes, and I don't think that was the 1st time, either.
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Yes, and I don't think that was the 1st time, either.
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lol, thanks. I can't wait till we can get some more pics of your boa house
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Old 02-16-2006, 10:11 PM
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Thanks for the info Gus! I agree such statistics aren't really important which is why my first sentence awknowledged this is probably a stupid topic I just wondered what was considered a really monster boa constrictor.
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The link to the zoo made me laugh...there's so much B.S. Listed there, its not even funny.

18.5'..Yeah right..right next to the 45 ft. retic they found last year(Hoax)
1.NORMALLY grows to ten feet...more like occasionally
2.Diet consists of Birds, Monkeys, and Iguanas...Birds and Monkeys?
3.All species of boids are endangered or restricted...Sounds like B.S. but I'm not sure.

They have more misinformation than facts...
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