Average lifespan in the wild: 10 years
Size: 20 to 30 ft (6 to 9 m)
Weight: Up to 550 lbs (227 kg)
Group name: Bed or knot
Did you know? In mating, several competing males form a breeding ball around one female which can last up to four weeks.
Anaconda is a large, non-venomous snake found in tropical South America. They are found mostly in water, such as the Amazon River. Although the name actually applies to a group of snakes, it is often used to refer only to one species in particular, the common or green anaconda, Eunectes murinus, which is one of the largest snakes in the world.
Where do anaconda's live?
Anacondas live in swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams, mainly in the tropical rain forests of the Amazon and Orinoco basins. They are cumbersome on land, but stealthy and sleek in the water. Their eyes and nasal openings are on top of their heads, allowing them to lay in wait for prey while remaining nearly completely submerged.
How long can an Anaconda grow?
There is some debate about the maximum size of anacondas, and there have been unverified claims of enormous snakes alleged to be as long as 30 to 45 m (98.4 to 147.6 ft). According to Lee Krystek, a 1944 petroleum expedition in Colombia claimed to have measured an 11.43 m (37.5 ft) specimen, but this claim is not regarded as reliable; perhaps a more credible report came from scientist Vincent Roth, who claimed to have shot and killed a 10.3 m (33.8 ft) specimen.
What does an Anaconda eat?
They reach their monumental size on a diet of wild pigs, deer, birds, turtles, capybara, caimans, and even jaguars. Anacondas are nonvenomous constrictors, coiling their muscular bodies around captured prey and squeezing until the animal asphyxiates. Jaws attached by stretchy ligaments allow them to swallow their prey whole, no matter the size, and they can go weeks or months without food after a big meal.
How did the anaconda get it's name?
Because ana means big and conda means snake in indian language. That's why the Native Americans named it Anaconda which means bigsnake.
What are the anaconda predators?
The Anaconda is a very powerful creature it can kill almost anything from capybaras to Caimans. Anacondas have two natural predators, the Caiman and the Jaguar, the Caiman preys on small-sized Anacondas, the Jaguar, However, preys on large Anacondas.
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