How Tall Can Snakes Stand?

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It is a common misconception that snakes are always slithering on the ground. In fact many snakes are quite adept at climbing and some species can even stand upright! So just how tall can snakes stand?

Here are 5 snake species that can stand tall:

1. Children’s python

The children’s python is a non-venomous snake native to Australia. It gets its name from its small size as it is only about 1.5m long when fully grown. Despite its size the children’s python is a powerful climber and can often be seen coiled around tree branches.

2. Green tree python

The green tree python is a non-venomous snake found in New Guinea and parts of Australia. It is a brilliant green colour with yellowish bands running along its body. Green tree pythons are excellent climbers and often spend their whole lives in trees!

3. King cobra

The king cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world reaching up to 5.6m in length! It is native to the forests of India and Southeast Asia where it preys on small mammals and birds. The king cobra is a good climber and has been known to climb trees in search of food.

4. Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes found in the Americas. They get their name from the rattle at the end of their tail which they shake when they feel threatened. Rattlesnakes are good climbers and can often be seen coiled up on rocky outcrops.

5. Black mamba

The black mamba is the world’s fastest snake capable of reaching speeds of up to 20km/h! It is found in sub-Saharan Africa where it preys on small mammals and birds. The black mamba is a good climber and has been known to climb trees in search of food.