In Norway the tree, growing in dense forests, is generally of but moderate girth, and probably this pine nowhere reaches a greater size than in the Scottish woods; a plank from Glenmore forest measured nearly 51 ft.
In length, with a basal girth of 24 in.
When full-grown the entire length of the animal is about 4 ft., and the girth 3 ft.
In girth at the level of a man's shoulder.
The prey is always swallowed entire, and, as its girth generally much exceeds that of the snake, the progress of deglutition is very laborious and slow.