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The Fearsome Anaconda-Heaviest Snake in the World

Updated on July 2, 2017

One Of The Most Petrifying Creatures On Earth

A Terrifying Reptile

Coming face to face with an Anaconda is like your worst nightmare come true. It’s a situation that most of us would not like to be in. Just thinking about it is enough to make us shudder with dread. Most of us have an inherent fear of snakes. Well, Anacondas are the biggest and heaviest snakes in the world. The word Anaconda comes from a Tamil word that means elephant killer in Sri Lanka. In South America, the Spanish name matatoro are given to Anacondas. Matatoro means bull killer. Anacondas are indigenous to the tropical rainforests, swamps and lakes of South America. There are a great number of them near the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.

Anacondas Hide In The Water

The skin of Anacondas are very valuable in the fashion industry, and that’s why there are many people who are actually brave enough to hunt them. Fortunately, Anacondas are not endangered. Even though they are big in size, scientists who want to learn more about them cannot find them so easily, because they’re clever enough to hide in the water. In fact, whenever they’re confronted with danger, they escape speedily into the water. Instead of attacking, they would much rather prefer to slither into the water unnoticed.

An Anaconda In The Water

They Are So Frightening

Anacondas grow continuously, their whole life. They prefer to live alone. 6.1 meters (20 feet) in length, and 148.5 kilograms (300 pounds) is the average size of one of these horrifying snakes. Anacondas give birth to live young, about 24-35 at a time. That is why there are such a whole lot of them in the tropical rainforests, swamps and lakes of South America. They are really silent, which makes them even more frightening, and they leave no trail. They are semi-aquatic, and they spend most of their time in slow-moving streams, and in swamps. These amazing creatures do not manoeuvre so good on land, but they manoeuvre excellently in the water. Their eyes and nostrils are set high on their heads, which enables them to stay nearly totally submerged while waiting for prey to approach. They can also actually stay under the water for ten whole minutes before they come to the surface for some air. There are Anacondas that are 30 feet in length, and they can weigh up to 550 pounds. Females are bigger than males. Anacondas are generally dark green in color, with two rows of black spots on their backs, and white marks on their sides.

Not A Creature To Get Cosy With

They Are Non-Venomous

Anacondas are non-venomous, but they’re most definitely not the type of creatures that are pleasant to cuddle. They coil their bodies around their prey, and squeeze until the animal cannot breathe, and finally dies. They can coil their bodies around humans too, but fortunately such attacks do not occur very often. If, for some reason, you are ever in the Amazon jungles of South America, please be alert, and also tread with the utmost of care. You don’t want to go stepping on one of the biggest and most fearsome snakes in the world. That would just be downright appalling!


Their Diet

Anacondas hunt on the ground, and they also hunt in the water. They eat amphibious animals, like toads, frogs, and they also eat fish, birds, turtles, ducks, caimans, capybaras, jaguars, deer, pigs, panthers and even crocodiles. When the prey is near enough, they attack with lightning fast speed. By coiling their bodies around the captured animal, and squeezing until the animal can’t breathe so that it eventually dies, they get a really nice meal for themselves. They are able to open their jaws wide enough so that they can swallow their prey whole. Anacondas eat up to 40 pounds of food per day, when they hunt smaller prey.


Four Species Of Anacondas

There are four species of Anacondas, and they are all part of the Boa Constrictor family.


The Awesome Green Anaconda

The Green Anaconda

Eunectes murinus is the name of this species. The Green Anaconda is also known as the common Anaconda. By far the heaviest snake on earth, the Green Anaconda can weigh as much as 550 lbs (227 kilograms). They can reach an incredible length of 29 feet (8.8 meters) or more.The female Green Anacondas are considerably bigger than the males of the species. Green Anacondas can be found in the wetlands, east of the Andes, in South America; including the Guayanas, Colombia, Peru, Tobago, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Trinidad and Venezuela.


The Impressive Yellow Anaconda

The Yellow Anaconda

Eunectes notaeus is the name of this species. The yellow Anaconda is smaller than the Green Anaconda. Its average length is eleven to fourteen feet (3.3 to 4.4 meters). They usually weigh around fifty five to seventy eight pounds (twenty five to thirty five kilograms), but they can grow much bigger. The female Yellow Anacondas are bigger than the males. This species range in color from yellow to light green. They have brown or black patches, and streaks. Like their cousin, the Green Anaconda, the Wetlands of South America is their habitat. However, the Yellow Anaconda likes areas that are further south than the Green Anaconda. Southern Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Eastern Bolivia is where this species can be found.


The Stunning Dark-Spotted Anaconda

The Dark-Spotted Anaconda

Eunectes deschauensee is the name of this species. The Dark-Spotted Anaconda weighs more or less the same as the Yellow Anaconda, and in length, it is also more or less the same as the Yellow Anaconda. This species is not as common as the Green or Yellow Anacondas. In fact, they are quite rare. They’re indigenous to Northern Brazil as well as French Guayana. They live in wetlands, just like the other Anaconda species. Their color is brown with big dark spots on their bodies.


The Phenomenal Bolivian Anaconda

The Bolivian Anaconda

Eunectes beniensis is the name of this species. These Anacondas is much less common than the Green Anaconda. They can grow up to thirteen feet in length. Although they are only found in Bolivia, there have been unconfirmed sightings of it in Brazil. Their color is brown, with some black spots across their bodies. The Bolivian Anaconda was only discovered in 2002, so not much is known about this species. In fact, a lot more research needs to be done about the Bolivian Anaconda.

Anacondas Are Nightmarish

They slither on the ground, and lay submerged in water, and they have an amazing crushing ability. They can grow to magnificent sizes, and sightings of giant Anacondas have been reported. Some people think that Anacondas of up to 60 feet really do exist. Could it be? Perhaps only in our wildest imaginations, or perhaps not!

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