Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Sucuri Amarela; Paraguayan Anaconda
Scientific name: Eunectes notaeus
The Yellow Anaconda is native to rivers and marshlands of eastern Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay and northeastern Argentina in South America. A non-venomous, constrictor, the Yellow Anaconda is largely aquatic and in its natural habitat eats a variety of mammals, fish, birds and other reptiles.
Appearance / health:
Yellow Anacondas are large snakes, reaching 3 meters (10 feet) in length, and weighing 40 to 55 kg (88 to 120 lb). They are the second largest snake species in South America after the Green Anaconda. The Yellow Anaconda has attractive skin patterning of dark brown / black spots against a yellow / tan background.
Yellow 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.
In the wild, Yellow Anacondas feed on birds, fish, reptiles, turtles.
Anacondas are viviparous, giving birth to a brood of 20-30 live young after a 6-month gestation. Their average lifespan is 10 years.
A "Small" Anaconda is Still Very Large!
I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have worked with yellow anacondas in zoos (and with their huge cousins, the green anaconda, in the wild), but the experience has also made me realize that these animals are rarely suitable for private collections. Although small by anaconda standards, this heavy-bodied serpent does reach 8-12 feet in length, and it is aquatic. Filtration is difficult even for small individuals – adults need room-sized enclosures equipped with drains, and cannot be safely handled by 1 person. 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 23 2016 9:16PM
Yellow Anaconda - Eunectes notaeus
The Yellow Anaconda is a defensive snake that doesn't ever really tame down even with consistent handling. I have never enjoyed keeping these animals. They spend much of there time in their water bowls, They musk and defecate on you if you attempt to pick them up and or constrain them. They require large enclosures and ample space. I would not recommend this as a good species of snake to keep and it is definitely a very bad choice for as first time keeper..
From RobWedderburn Oct 29 2015 6:33AM