Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Water Boa; Anaconda
Scientific name: Eunectes murinus
The Green Anaconda is the heaviest, and one of the longest, snake species and is native to the tropical jungles of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins in South America. A non-venomous, constrictor, the Green Anaconda is largely aquatic and in its natural habitat eats a variety of mammals, fish, birds and other reptiles.
Appearance / health:
Considered the largest snake in the world for its overall length, weight, and girth, the Green Anaconda matures to more than 25 feet in length, 12 inches in diameter, and weighs more than 550 pounds. Its base body color is dark green with black oval markings on the back, and black spots with yellow centers on the sides. The eyes and nostrils protrude from the top of the skull to allow the snake to see and breathe while swimming under water. Like other Boas, Anacondas have spurs on both sides of the anal scale.
Behavior / temperament:
Green Anacondas are commonly called Water Boas because they live and forage in or around bodies of water. They attain their huge size because they are relatively light and agile in the water. They are difficult to catch, even on land. Anacondas are nocturnal and will remain in hiding for long periods of time after consuming a big meal. They are unpredictable and may become aggressive; therefore, captive care and feeding must be done by at least two people and under extreme caution.
Green Anacondas are best kept in large enclosures that can mimic their natural habitat of high humidity (close to 80%) and UV radiation (from UV bulbs or sunlight). A water vessel big enough to allow the snake to submerge is also necessary. Sturdy branches can be provided to give the snake the option to climb and dry off.
Green Anacondas are not quite popular in the pet trade because of their size and habitat requirements. Minor deviations in climate conditions can affect their shedding cycles, eating habits, and body temperature adjustments. These stresses while in captivity can make them aggressive. Pet owners are advised to study the Anaconda in depth before deciding to commit to care.
In the wild, young Green Anacondas feed on fish, frogs, mice, chicks, and birds. As they mature, they also feed on rats, turtles, dogs, and aquatic reptiles. Large Anacondas are known to prey on large mammals like tapirs, capybaras, sheep, deer, and jaguars. After a big meal, they refrain from eating for several weeks or even months.
Anacondas are viviparous, giving birth to a brood of 20-30 live young after a 6-month gestation. Their average lifespan is 10 years.
beautiful snake, natural size, worlds largest snake, Truly impressive reptiles, awe inspiring
aggressive, Large prey items, high humidity, wild caught specimens, extreme crushing power, STRONG
The Ultimate Constrictor - for Zoos!
Capturing and tagging green anacondas in Venezuela, as part of my work for the Bronx Zoo, was a realization of a lifelong dream, as was working with them for many years at the zoo. I’m very fortunate to have had this opportunity, but it has also made me realize that these animals are not suitable for private collections. While reports of their eating people have not been confirmed, other constrictors of lesser girth have done so – after seeing a 17 foot female disgorge a 60 lb. deer, I have no doubts about the dangers green anacondas can present to owners.
The anaconda is one of the longest snakes on earth, and by far the heaviest. Adults require room-sized enclosures equipped with drains, and cannot be safely handled by 1 person. Food, in the form of rabbits and suckling pigs, is quite an expense. Most under my care in zoos remained aggressive, and were never fed or cleaned unless at least 2 experienced zookeepers were on hand. Fortunately, they are kept and bred by many zoos, and so can be safely viewed and studied by even the youngest budding herpetologists!.
From findiviglio Jan 7 2016 3:43PM
Really not for the novice
The anaconda is a snake that is best left to the experts and professionals. This snake was STRONG and quick to be aggressive. We always had two people (she was still small) when we had to handle her "just in case." These snakes are just to large and dangerous for the average pet owner. They can easily be a danger to children, pets, and their handlers who aren't respectful and cautious. As a bonus they release a musk as a warning. A smell you won't forget and may not wash off easily.
From ParrotStubs Jun 18 2009 1:35PM