If you are afraid of snakes, you probably found it difficult to watch certain scenes in the Harry Potter movies. Specifically, the attack of the 50 foot King of Serpents - the Basilisk.
But even a total Ophidiophobe - a person with a clinical fear of snakes - could rest in the knowledge that even the largest snake in the modern world, the giant anaconda (that's Eunectes murinus, latin fans!) is not nearly so big. RIGHT?
Check out this huge bastard for size...
This is the Titanoboa, a real life snake weighing 2,500 lb and growing up to 50 feet long, exactly the same length as the Basilisk.
Don't worry though, he only lived on this Earth over 50 million years ago and is considered extinct. Still, there's a certain resemblance, no?
In case you ever do run into a Basilisk, here's the handy survival guide from J.K. Rowling herself, in her in-world book Most Macabre Monstrosities:
This snake, which may reach gigantic size, and live many hundreds of years, is born from a chicken's egg, hatched beneath a toad.
Its methods of killing are most wondrous, for aside from its deadly and venomous fangs, the Basilisk has a murderous stare, and all who are fixed with the beam of its eye shall suffer instant death.
Spiders flee before the Basilisk, for it is their mortal enemy, and the Basilisk flees only from the crowing of the rooster, which is fatal to it.
At least if you ever ran into this enormous monstrosity - through some Jurassic Park-style scenario, I don't know - you could call on Neville Longbottom to do the right thing...