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Posted by: boaphile at Sat Sep 17 08:49:56 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by boaphile ]  
   

I believe a 27' Anaconda would weight 500 lbs. or even more. There is no shortage of exaggerated claims even among experienced herpers that should know better. A snake going back and forth three times in a 4' cage does NOT make that snake 12'. People do not have any idea how to measure a snake. There are only two ways. With a string or small rope along the spine, which is still fraught with it's own problems. Or the best method, getting the snake to crawl along a straight wall and marking the head and tail position at the same time. This is really the only BEST way to do it. Methods that utilize any estimates whatsoever are always high.

I bought a ten foot Boa that weighed over 60 lbs. from a guy 20 years ago. After he shipped it he called to tell me the scale at Delta was messed up as they mistakenly thought that in the box, she weighed only ten lbs. Problem was there was nothing wrong with the scale and the Boa was only about 6'. A pathetic overestimate.
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