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Green Anaconda

Green Anacondas are heaviest and one of the longest snakes in the world native to South America.  They are non-venomous and kill their prey by constriction. They are nocturnal and spend most of their time in or around water.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Boidae
    Subfamily Boinae
    Genus Eunectes
    Scientific Name Eunectes murinus


    Other Names Common Anaconda, Anaconda, Water Boa
    Length 5 – 5.21 m
    Weight 30 – 70 kg
    Color Olive green covered with black irregular spots; both sides of the head consists of marked orange-yellow stripes
    Distribution Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, the Guianas,  Brazil, Bolivia, the island of Trinidad, northern Paraguay
    Habitat Swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams, mainly in the tropical Amazon rainforests and Orinoco basins
    Diet Fish, birds, a variety of mammals, other reptiles, sometimes larger specimens consume tapirs, deer, capybaras, caimans, jaguars, cannibalism is known to be present among the species
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes aestivation
    Predators Young ones fall prey to caimans, jaguars, larger anacondas
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season April-May
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 20 to 40
    Gestation Period 6 to 7 months
    Reproductive Age Around 3 – 4 years of age
    Average Lifespan In Wild: Around 10 years
    In Captivity: Around 30 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on October 6th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 16th August 2018.

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