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The major difference between a Python and an Anaconda

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Both are constrictors belonging to the order Squamata, and are closely related.

Anacondas are actually a species of boa (family: Boidae). It's an aquatic snake, also referred to as the ”Water Boa”. Boas live in the “New World”, i.e., North and South America. Python refer to snakes in family Pythonidae, which has 41 species, the largest one being the Reticulated Python. They almost all live in Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Although boas and pythons are closely related there are distinct differences. The most notable is that pythons lay eggs, and boas bear their young live. Pythons are a decently large group of snakes (pythonidae), which many different species! Meanwhile there’s only four recognized species of Anaconda.

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Anaconda on the left, Reticulated Python on the right

Anacondas are actually a type of boa, which is a wider classification of snakes(boidae)

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The most obvious and telling difference between pythons and boas is that pythons (usually) have a row of pits on their face, between their nose and mouth, which help them detect heat.

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Their scales and head shapes are also different.

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Pythons are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs that hatch outside of their body, while boas are ovoviviparous, meaning they have eggs that are incubated inside of them which later hatch and are born as live hatchlings.

Green Anacondas are the world’s heaviest snake, while Reticulated Pythons are the longest.

Source: opera.com
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