Information on Anaconda Snakes Page 1

 

Anaconda Information

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Anaconda Profile

Although their color varies, black patches on the anaconda's back are consistent (the green anaconda is the largest).  These serve as camouflage in its wet vegetation of its swampy habitat.  The full length of an anaconda snake is thought to be up to 110 ft.  Like the crocodile, the anaconda's nostrils are on top of its snout so it can breathe easily while swimming.

Habitat

The anaconda snake lives throughout tropical South America (Amazon and Orinoco basins, and in the Guianas) and through Trinidad.  (end page)

Behavior

Anacondas are nocturnal and sunbathe in trees or shallows during the day.  They hunt alone when active.

Many anaconda pictures show their characteristic aggression in captivity, although they do not eat people.   Still, they are popular in the exotic pet trade.

Anaconda attacks are stealthy.  They hunt at waters edge waiting for its prey to drink.  In one strike they pull their prey underwater and drown them.  Their diet is mainly composed of fish and reptiles, but they also pursue birds, small mammals-deer, piccaries, and rodents on land.  Anaconda snakes have a special jaw attachment that allows it to swallow large animals (up to 6’). A meal of this size will take several weeks to digest.   Scientists believe that female anaconda require additional food intake to survive the long gestation period (6 months);  Females have been known to practice cannibalism on their smaller male counterparts if they do not find an exceptionally large meal.

(The Anaconda is also known as The Water Boa)

Species of Anaconda

Green Anaconda - Eunectes murinus (largest species)

Bolivian Anaconda - Eunectes
beniensis

Dark-spotted Anaconda - Eunectes deschauenseei

Yellow Anaconda - Eunectes
notaeus

Length: largest species average 15 – 30 ft long

Weight
: can weigh in excess of 200 -300 pounds

Where They Live: South America, east of the Andes, mainly in the Amazon and Orinoco basins, in the Guyanas, and extending as far as Trinidad.

Lifespan: 30+ years

Diet: fish, alligator, birds, small deer, large rodents, turtles.

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