Let's just get this out of the way.
Have you seen the movieHe liked it?
It's fiction. Here's your first anaconda fact: Even though they're giants, these snakes aren't the man-eating monsters Hollywood would have you believe.
In the film, a documentary crew travels deep into the Amazon rainforest in search of the Shirisham Indians, when they come across a giant snake that wants nothing more than to suck the life out of each and every one of them.
In real life, the snake would be best left unnoticed and the film crew probably wouldn't even know it was there. It would also be much smaller.
Let's take a look at 10 fascinating facts about anacondas to give you a more realistic view of these amazing snakes.
- 1 facts about anaconda snakes
- 1.1 Fact 1: There are four recognized species of anaconda
- 1.2 Fact 2: Anacondas can live more than 30 years
- 1.3 Fact 3: Anacondas never stop growing
- 1.4 Fact 4: People keep anacondas as pets
- 1.5 Fact 5: Anaconda enclosures need a floor drain
- 1.6 Fact 6: Anacondas need a pool in an enclosure
- 1.7 Fact 7: Anacondas are peaceful pets, but they can become aggressive
- 1.8 Fact 8: Anacondas swallow their prey whole
- 1.9 Fact 9: Anacondas are sexually mature at 3 to 4 years of age
- 1.10 Fact 10: Females can eat males after mating
- 2 Anaconda Facts: Final Thoughts
Facts About Anaconda Snakes
Known as the water boa, the anaconda is an apex predator. It is at the top of the food chain. These snakes are found in tropical South America and belong to thethe largest snakes in the world.
They are large and bulky on land, but are known for their excellent swimming ability. The Greek name for this snake is Eunectes Murinus, which means "good swimmer." Their movement in the water sounds impressive to our ears at home, but it's incredibly scary when you're prey and trying to escape.
Let's dive right in and take a look at 10 more fascinating onesthe factsover anacondaslangen.
Fact 1: There are four recognized species of anaconda
Anacondas belong to the genus Eunectes. They are classified into four types:
- Beni anaconda (also known as the Bolivian anaconda)
- Dark spotted anaconda
- Green anaconda
- Yellow anaconda (aka Paraguayan anaconda)
The green anaconda is of most interest to most people because it is the heaviest and one of the longest snakes in the world. It is usually dark green in color, with green, brown and yellowish spots, although the color and size depend on the species.
Fact 2: Anacondas can live more than 30 years
Anacondas generally live 10 to 12 years in the wild, but can live more than 30 years in captivity. The Green Anaconda calledAnnie, which lives in the Montecasino Birds Garden in Johannesburg, is the oldest anaconda in the world. According to the latest report, she celebrated her 36th birthday in 2019.
Fact 3: Anacondas never stop growing
These snakes never stop growing throughout their lives, which is one of the reasons they grow so huge.National Geographicand other publications estimate the longest confirmed anaconda length at 29 or 30 feet.
However, snake experts who have actually caught and measured many anacondas say they don't grow much longer than 20 feet, and the Guinness Book of World Records lists the longest snake on record as a reticulated python at 25 feet.
The same snake experts say the average size of female anacondas is about 20 feet, while males are smaller, only about 9 feet.
The reported weight of these snakes also varies widely. National Geographic says they can weigh 550 lbs, but the average weight probably won't be much more than 150 lbs.
Fact 4: People keep anacondas as pets
When anacondas first appeared in the snake trade, they were imported and did not arrive in good condition. They were generally bad-tempered and usually ridden by parasites. They were stressed, sick and not interested in food.
The poor condition in which they arrived, combined with a lack of knowledge about the habitats and habits of these snakes, resulted in a high mortality rate.
Fortunately, things have improved. Good veterinary care and increased knowledge about these giant creatures has led some imported animals to thrive and are now domesticated.
They can also breed more successfully in captivity, making them more available now. However, only green and yellow anacondas are available at the pet store.
People who have experiencekeeping anacondas as petsthey recommend yellow over green, mainly because it is a smaller snake and therefore easier to care for.
Fact 5: Anaconda enclosures need a floor drain
Whether you're holding a green anaconda or a yellow anaconda, both are incredibly powerful. Given their strength and the potential dangers they can pose, the cage will have to be a real fortress.
It should also be easy to keep clean. These huge snakes produce a lot of waste and the cage needs a floortake off.
You will have to adapt well to accommodate such a large snake. Captive bred anacondas can be peaceful pets, but they grow large. Not a particularly good choice of snake for someone inexperienced in working with - and keeping - such large constrictors.
Yellow anacondas and male green anacondas can have around 25 square feet of space, while a female green anaconda needs a larger living space of at least 50 to 100 square feet.
You should maintain a temperature of about 84° to 88° Fahrenheit during the day and about 77° to 82° Fahrenheit at night.
Fact 6: Anacondas need a pool in their enclosure
Anacondas not only need large enclosures, but they also need a pool to swim in.snakes can hold their breathup to 10 minutes, and water plays a major role in their lives.
Fact 7: Anacondas are peaceful pets, but they can become aggressive
When properly socialized, anacondas make docile pets. But even then you have to be very careful with children and other pets in the house.
As calm as they are, these snakes can be dangerous just because of their size. This makes them unsuitable for inexperienced snake owners.
This also makes them illegal in many areas. You have to check if holding the anacondalegalin your area before you decide to keep him as a pet.
This is especially true when these snakes are not handled properly, they are hungry, aggressive and dangerous. If these snakes are not fed properly or feel threatened, they may attack and attempt to pin down the person they are attacking.
Fact 8: Anacondas swallow their prey whole
Anacondas are nocturnal, non-venomous constrictors that hunt a variety of prey.
They like capybaras, but they also like other rodents. Fish, pork, venison and jaguar are also on the menu. They lurk in rivers and their color mixes with the murky water, fooling their prey.
They have nostrils and eyes on top of their heads so they can see above the water while their bodies are submerged.
Anacondas can stay underwater for 10 minutes before resurfacing for air. Along the bank they wait for the animals to approach the water to quench their thirst and then attack. The snake uses its sharp teeth to restrain its prey.
There are several theories about how the snake actually uses its methods of restraint.
They can crush the bones of their prey or suffocate the animal's life. Since this constriction occurs in water, it is believed that an animal caught by the snake may also drown.
After the prey is dead, the anaconda swallows it whole. A large animal can be a huge undertaking even for a large snake.
The anaconda has a special mouth designed to handle these large animals. It has an unfused ligament on each side of the lower jaw and movable joints in the jaw. This combination allows the snake to open its jaws wide enough to fit over large prey.
Alihow snakes digest bones? They produce a lot of stomach acid and take days or even weeks to digest. This gives the strong acid enough time to break down all the bones in the prey.
Fact 9: Anacondas are sexually mature at 3 to 4 years of age
Green anacondas are sexually mature at about 3 to 4 years of age. Yellow anacondas breed every year, but female green anacondas only breed every other year. This is because they have a rather strenuous reproductive process and need to regain their strength and energy for the next reproductive orgy.
From March to May, these giant constrictors leave their solitary life and spend a long timeparing. For many male green anacondas, these lustful pairings end in death. The female often consumes them to feed herself during the gestational period.
Females begin the mating process by leaving a trail of pheromones. Males then look for females. The male moves his forked tongue as he collects various scents from the ground and air. Jacobson's organ in the snake's palate allows the reptile to smell,tasteand locate prey.
Or, in this case, a female in the making. The green anaconda is polyandrous -- meaning it practices polygamy -- and takes a few mates out of many that respond to its pheromones.
Snakes form a mass of writhing bodies. This is known as a brood ball. The female anaconda snake is stimulated by the male's spurs and mating takes place with the male's tail wrapped around her.
These brood balls last several weeks and the females mate with many males. Female anacondas, both green and yellow, are bigger and stronger than the males, and they have the final say in which male they mate with.
Fact 10: Females can eat males after mating
As mentioned, a female anaconda can swallow several males to help her through the long pregnancy period that awaits her. She relies on this food when it becomes difficult for her to forage.
Pregnancy lasts 6 to 7 months. The fertilized female is ovoviviparous and incubates the eggs.
Young snakes are in transparent membranes. When it is time to give birth, the snake moves into shallow water and can give birth to as many as 80 to 90 live young, although 20 to 40 is more common.not the mouth, as some believe.
Babies are about 2 feet long. The cubs are independent immediately after birth and the mother anaconda does not stay around to provide parental supervision and care.
Anaconda Facts: Final Thoughts
Anacondas are not endangered, but due to the persecution they face from humans, their numbers may soon be threatened.
They are erroneously known as "man-eaters," and while there are always stories of humans being eaten by anacondas, none of the stories have been confirmed.
However, the anaconda is certainly capable of eating a human, although humans are not their first choice of food. And realistically only kids would be on their menu. It would probably be too much for most adults to digest.
However, we do not recommend testing this theory. While there are no official reports of an anaconda eating a man, why risk becoming the first?