posted on May, 19 2006 @ 12:06 AM
Anacondas can grow very, very large, if they have a good food supply. They're top predator, as far as I know, they don't share territory with
saltwater crocs, just caymans (mmm..crunchy treats) and fish, basically. It's like a buffet. The potential ceiling on their weight is quite high,
because they're mostly aquatic. As far as length...
Would it stand to reason that a 200 foot long anaconda would be better adapted to survive in the Amazon? I don't think so...
Something is telling me that there is a practical upper limit on length, past which point (probably 40 feet or so) no snake can feasibly expect to
kill enough to support its energy needs. The simple act of digestion is probably a chore for a snake that big, imagine trying to squeeze a hairy,
toothy bush big through 100 feet of intestine, and still retain enough energy from the meal to go find another one right away. Pretty hard to do,
Given the right conditions I have no doubt a hundred foot long snake could emerge, could be that they already have, perhaps in an ocean environment
with more room to stretch out.