Green Anaconda

Green Anaconda

Green Anaconda
Eunectes murinus


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Boidae

Range

South America, east of the Andes


Habitat

Swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams, mainly in the tropical rain forests of the Amazon and Orinoco basins


Diet

Wild pigs, deer, birds, turtles, fish, capybara, caimans, and even jaguars

Weight

Up to 550 lbs.

Length

20 – 30 ft.

Incubation

8 – 12 weeks

Young

24 - 36

IUCN Status

Not Listed

Facts

  • Anacondas are excellent swimmers and stay in or near water. They can reach surprising speeds in the water.
  • The green anaconda spends most of its time in the water. Eyes and nostrils on the top of its head enable it to see and breath while partially submerged.
  • The green anaconda is the largest snake in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Green anacondas average 10 to 15 feet and 110 to 165 pounds.
  • Green anacondas are ambush predators, typically hunting from the water.
  • Green anacondas hold the record as the heaviest snakes in the world, with some reaching 500 pounds or more. Their girth can measure over 12 inches in diameter.
  • They give birth to live young.

 

Conservation

All anaconda trade is prohibited in most South American countries. Anacondas do not have any natural predators. Their main threat is human encroachment.

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