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Biggest living reptile today

Post by Espen S?ylan » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00



My son wonder what reptile that is the biggest living today and were it
lives ?

Thanks for your help.

 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by Benjamin Kop » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00


In the United States the largest is the Alligator, can reach 20 ft and live
up to 75 years.  In the world it is  the carnivorous sal***er crocodile,
found in the coastal waters of India, southern China, and Malaysia. It can
grow up to 26 feet.  The largest living "lizards" are Komodo Dragons, about
12 feet in length, Carnivourous it lives on the Island of  Komodo and its
few smaller outlying islands north of Australia.  It is actually a Monitor
Lizard.

Quote:

> My son wonder what reptile that is the biggest living today and were it
> lives ?

> Thanks for your help.


 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by Seeke » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00


As far as LONGest living reptile in length, I believe it's the Reticulated
Python of Asia.  They can reach greater lengths than the sal***er crocs,
but cannot compare to crocs in weight.

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Quote:

>In the United States the largest is the Alligator, can reach 20 ft and live
>up to 75 years.  In the world it is  the carnivorous sal***er crocodile,
>found in the coastal waters of India, southern China, and Malaysia. It can
>grow up to 26 feet.  The largest living "lizards" are Komodo Dragons, about
>12 feet in length, Carnivourous it lives on the Island of  Komodo and its
>few smaller outlying islands north of Australia.  It is actually a Monitor
>Lizard.


>> My son wonder what reptile that is the biggest living today and were it
>> lives ?

>> Thanks for your help.


 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by Kris Kirzne » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> In the United States the largest is the Alligator, can reach 20 ft and live
> up to 75 years.  In the world it is  the carnivorous sal***er crocodile,
> found in the coastal waters of India, southern China, and Malaysia. It can
> grow up to 26 feet.  The largest living "lizards" are Komodo Dragons, about
> 12 feet in length, Carnivourous it lives on the Island of  Komodo and its
> few smaller outlying islands north of Australia.  It is actually a Monitor
> Lizard.

    I would have thought that an Aniconda or Reticulating Python would also be
up there??  They are quite big aren't they, larger than a Komodo Dragon at
least....and pretty heavy.

--
Kris Kirzner

 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by PM Bowle » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> My son wonder what reptile that is the biggest living today and were it
> lives ?

The Komodo Dragon, Varanus komodoensis, is the largest living lizard and
can grow to over ten feet (possibly up to twelve). It is a monitor
lizard rather than a dragon (a name used to describe many agamid
species), and inhabits the Indonesian island of Komodo and the nearby
islands, between which it is able to swim; although the lizards are a
threat to livestock and humans, they are a major source of revenue for
the islands as they attract tourists, with the unfortunate result that
freshly killed animals are often left out for the lizards (some goats
are killed in front of spectators to lure the lizards) and this could
affect the species' ability to hunt if they become too domesticated.
About 5,000 dragons live on the islands (and as far as is known this
number has never changed significantly), and they are one of the four
endangered species of monitor lizard. The South American Anaconda can
reputedly grow to over thirty feet, but I know relatively little about
snakes and still less about the crocodilians, which are both large and
heavily built; the Australian estuarine crocodile can reach five metres
in length but I don't know how unusual this is.

Philip Bowles

 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by Red Rapt » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Quote:


> > In the United States the largest is the Alligator, can reach 20 ft and live
> > up to 75 years.  In the world it is  the carnivorous sal***er crocodile,
> > found in the coastal waters of India, southern China, and Malaysia. It can
> > grow up to 26 feet.  The largest living "lizards" are Komodo Dragons, about
> > 12 feet in length, Carnivourous it lives on the Island of  Komodo and its
> > few smaller outlying islands north of Australia.  It is actually a Monitor
> > Lizard.

>     I would have thought that an Aniconda or Reticulating Python would also be
> up there??  They are quite big aren't they, larger than a Komodo Dragon at
> least....and pretty heavy.

> --
> Kris Kirzner

Biggest snakes yes, but the salt water croc is a few tonnes. the komodo is
heavy too. 12' long lizard weighs alot.
 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by Harry Teratom » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Not an easy question to answer.  Some sources say the Leatherback Turtle
(Dermochelys coriacea).  It can attain a length of 2.5 m, and weigh 900
kg.  It is found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans in tropical,
temperate, and occasionally subarctic waters (including Norway).

Quote:

> My son wonder what reptile that is the biggest living today and were it
> lives ?

> Thanks for your help.


 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by cavalr » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>In the United States the largest is the Alligator, can reach 20 ft and live
>up to 75 years.  In the world it is  the carnivorous sal***er crocodile,
>found in the coastal waters of India, southern China, and Malaysia. It can
>grow up to 26 feet.  The largest living "lizards" are Komodo Dragons, about
>12 feet in length, Carnivourous it lives on the Island of  Komodo and its
>few smaller outlying islands north of Australia.  It is actually a Monitor
>Lizard.

I think that there is a sea turtle that is rated second? Anyone know about
this?

Cavalry

 
 
 

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Post by Seeke » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00


In the retic-anaconda length catagory, National Geographic Explorer had a
trivia question a few months ago. "The longest snake lives on which
continent?"  I guessed South America, for the anaconda.  The answer was Asia
for the Retic.  I questioned them on the web, and they substantiated their
answer.  It's OFFICIALLY the reticulated python.  That's from "scientific"
records and observations.  They did concede that the anaconda was "bigger"
as far as average weight per meter.

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Quote:
>(Herpco716) writes:

>>In response to the LONGest reptile I think the greeen anaconda would outdo
>>the
>>reticulated python R

>In WELL-documented accounts, the Retic is still tops.  Reports of 40 foot
>anacondas notwithstanding modern scrutiny.  When we find and document a
larger
>anaconda, perhaps it will beat out the retic...but we might find larger
retics,
>too.

>--Winged Wolf
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Biggest living reptile today

Post by TX Pytho » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00


I believe you're referring to the Leatherback Turtle, dermochelys coriacea,
and some have exceeded 2000 pounds.  They are one of the largest, in weight,
second only to the aforementioned crocs.

Dave
TX Python

Quote:

>I think that there is a sea turtle that is rated second? Anyone know about
>this?

>Cavalry

 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by Herpco7 » Tue, 24 Feb 1998 04:00:00


In response to the LONGest reptile I think the greeen anaconda would outdo the
reticulated python R

 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by Benjamin Kop » Tue, 24 Feb 1998 04:00:00


It does seem that since their are documented Anaconda's well over the 26ft that it
would be the largest....  Not sure how they come up with this, but I checked
several sources and that was the information I came up with.  Maybe largest
encompasses length/weight combined or something?  Their are "rumors" of Anaconda's
(water boas I think is what they actually are BTW, but can't recall exactly-->
HELP???) over 100 feet long.  I think the longest documented was somewhere between
40-50ft long, but like 12" in diameter, again..help???

Quote:


> > In the United States the largest is the Alligator, can reach 20 ft and live
> > up to 75 years.  In the world it is  the carnivorous sal***er crocodile,
> > found in the coastal waters of India, southern China, and Malaysia. It can
> > grow up to 26 feet.  The largest living "lizards" are Komodo Dragons, about
> > 12 feet in length, Carnivourous it lives on the Island of  Komodo and its
> > few smaller outlying islands north of Australia.  It is actually a Monitor
> > Lizard.

>     I would have thought that an Aniconda or Reticulating Python would also be
> up there??  They are quite big aren't they, larger than a Komodo Dragon at
> least....and pretty heavy.

> --
> Kris Kirzner

 
 
 

Biggest living reptile today

Post by WngdWolf » Tue, 24 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>My son wonder what reptile that is the biggest living today and were it
>lives ?

>Thanks for your help.


This would be some species of crocodile.  Sal***er crocodile?  Nile crocodile?

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Biggest living reptile today

Post by WngdWolf » Tue, 24 Feb 1998 04:00:00



writes:

Quote:
>   I would have thought that an Aniconda or Reticulating Python would also be
>up there??  They are quite big aren't they, larger than a Komodo Dragon at
>least....and pretty heavy.

>--
>Kris Kirzner

The Anaconda is the heaviest snake, the Reticulated Python is the longest
snake.  Neither can compare to the crocodile in sheer un***erated size. <g>
(You can't appreciate it until you see it--an *** croc's jaws are large
enough to engulf an entire human torso)

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Biggest living reptile today

Post by WngdWolf » Tue, 24 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
(Herpco716) writes:
>In response to the LONGest reptile I think the greeen anaconda would outdo
>the
>reticulated python R

In WELL-documented accounts, the Retic is still tops.  Reports of 40 foot
anacondas notwithstanding modern scrutiny.  When we find and document a larger
anaconda, perhaps it will beat out the retic...but we might find larger retics,
too.

--Winged Wolf
the were/psion

Psion Guild
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