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Anaconda The Giant Snake

Updated on December 30, 2014

Did you know Anaconda has four different types?

Anaconda or aquatic boas can be categories as four different species. They are green anaconda, the yellow anaconda, the Dark-Spotted anaconda or Deschauense's Anaconda (Eunectes deschauenseei) , and the Bolivian Anaconda (Eunectes beniensis).

There are two possible origins for the word "anaconda". It is perhaps an alteration of the Sinhalese word "henakanday," meaning "thunder snake," or alternatively, the Tamil word "anaikondran," which means "elephant killer."

It is unclear how the name originated so far from the snake's native habitat, maybe due to its vague similarity to the large Asian pythons. Locals names for the anaconda in South America include the Spanish term matatoro, meaning "bull killer," and the Native American terms sucuri, yakumama, and jiboia.

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Green Anaconda

Eunectes murinus, a.k.a. The Green anaconda also known as the largest and the most well-known Of all four species of anacondas inhabiting South America and the Caribbean island of Trinidad which normally believed to max out at around 30 feet.

Green anaconda normally spends much of it's time gliding through the jungle swamps and bogs, which branch off from the main rivers,in search of food.

The Green Anaconda has very sharp teeth . It holds an animal in an inescapable grip. The Green Anaconda hunts by night, and preying on large animals like deer and others. The Green Anaconda's eyesight and hearing are very poor but the snake is sensitive to vibrations, they can easily senses animals moving towards them. It enjoys cool jungle rivers.

The Green Anaconda kills their prey by a suffocating embrace. It can consume over 300 times its daily food. That means it can eat more than it is supposed to eat. It's stomach has extraordinary capacity.

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Yellow Anaconda

Yellow anaconda a.k.a. Paraguayan anaconda are not as big as the green anaconda.The funny thing is the female yellow anaconda is longer then the male of it species.The yellow anaconda is more aggressive. Even a "tame" Anaconda which kept in captivity may bite without warning. Luckily, this giant snake's bite is not poisonous.

The Paraguayan anaconda is easily identify for its body yellow in colour and overlaid with a series of black or dark brown saddles, blotches, spots and streaks.It normally found in southern South America in eastern Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay and northeastern Argentina.In Brasil this snake is called Sucuri Amarela, which means "yellow sucuri".

The yellow anaconda normally can be found in the swamps, marshes, rivers and brush covered banks of slow moving rivers and streams.They also are known as a very good swimmer. They prefers to hunt live prey, but at times they will also scavenge for animals that are already dead.They prefer smaller animals like heron, egrets, rodents, caimans, fish, and ducks.

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Deschauense's Anaconda

Deschauense's Anaconda a.k.a.( Eunectes deschauenseei ) also known as Dark Spotted anaconda. It can be found in Amazon between Santarem and mouth of the river including the island Marajo and French Guayana.

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Bolivian Anaconda

Lastly the Bolivian Anaconda a.k.a. (Eunectes beniensis).Their body is coloured with ground color olive or brown , and has huge lateral points or rings from a size more than half of the lateral side.

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  • Deadicated LM 5 years ago

    Definitely a baby or a young elephant; doubt it can eat one whole though. lol

  • Iain84 5 years ago

    i think they can...

  • queen2010 5 years ago

    yes anaconda can kill elephant

  • queen2010 5 years ago

    oh no, can kill human being. so scarry..nice lens

  • christinsword 5 years ago

    I wouldn't have thought so before your lens. Wow; they actually can kill the largest land animal...

  • RuthCoffee 6 years ago

    I'm sure it can kill just about anything it can wrap itself around, and from fear, even things it can't!

  • sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

    yes, they can

  • natureplanet 7 years ago

    I guess that it can, but only because i have read this lens! FIVE stars

  • Joan4 7 years ago

    Certainly they can!

  • Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

    Did you say anaconda means "elephant killer"? ;) Sure it can.

  • Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

    I bet it can.

  • nightbear lm 8 years ago

    I'm sure after reading this lens, that it can.

  • nightbear lm 8 years ago

    I'm not sure, but after reading this lens, I bet it can.

  • ssuthep 8 years ago

    Why not. Anything is possible!

  • heehaw lm 8 years ago

    Sure it can.

No, there is no such thing!

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  • stormy1990 4 years ago

    Anacondas kill by constriction, that is wrapping around its victim and suffocating it. I doubt an full-grown anaconda could wrap itself around a large elephant enough to squeeze hard enough to kill it. Besides, all an elephant would have to do is stomp on the snake's head to kill it!

    and I agree with phoenix76...

    elephant do not live in the hemisphere with anacondas! Hehe

  • anonymous 5 years ago

    Wouldn't see this coming.

  • pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

    I would have a difficult time believing it. Particularly since elephants and these snakes live in different parts of the world.

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  • WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

    They live on different continents so it's not likely.

  • sreece 7 years ago

    I think it's much more important to ask whether an anaconda can kill a person - and that it can!

  • Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

    Well, if they happened to be in the same place at the same time, I suppose. But since they live on different continents (except maybe in a zoo?), I'll go with no.

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    Err what Nick said!

  • nickupton lm 7 years ago

    It would have trouble as Anacondas live in South America and Elephants live in Africa and Asia.

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      othellos 3 years ago

      Not fun of snakes but very curious to learn about them from books, videos etc. Thank you for sharing this information. Very thorough and so well done lens!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have not really been a fan of snakes but I try now to know them better.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Ew, baby snakes! Not a fan. Good Lens though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I see you've added some new polls and quiz's since last I've been here. Because you've continued to add to your article ... *blessed*

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Neat lens! Thanks for the information. :)

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      GREAT Lens!

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      Iain84 5 years ago

      anacondas are very interesting animals. great lens with lots of great content! well done.

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      christinsword 5 years ago

      an anaconda and transformers lens all-in-one lol. Unique! That's why I love Squidoo

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      Very very interesting lens. But it sure does give me the creeps. I can't even stand little garter snakes!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      glad I browsed by and read about this, educational indeed so I gave you a 'thumbs up'!

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      ThomasJ4 LM 5 years ago

      When I was a little kid my friend told me about anacondas and I didn't believe him, lol

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Snakes as pets are really cool, though I'm not entirely sure I could feed them!

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Yikes! These snakes are huge and I don't believe I've seen one before. I also didn't know that there are four different species of this snake. Thanks for your info and for the quizzes!

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      msbaby 5 years ago

      There was a rumor not long ago that someone saw an Anaconda in a local lake recently...there goes my swimming hole!

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      dvpwli 5 years ago

      Just see some images, and i can say that it's a really awesome and Giant Snake

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Just seen few videos and photos on Anaconda. Great lens!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Just took some photos of a yellow anaconda not long ago. Nice lens.

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      I never thought snake can grow so BIG!! Great lens.

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      Bill 6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      These snakes are huge! We get some big snakes here in Australia, but nothing as large as the Anaconda. I would freak out big time if I came across one of those in the wild.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      Great lens about anacondas! I think the green anaconda is one of the most beautiful creatures on earth. I had the privilege of seeing one in person at a reptile zoo.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting and informative quiz lens.

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Very informative! Thanks a lot :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      They are amazing creatures, but I would rather not see one up close and personal

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      OnlyFunStuff LM 7 years ago

      An amazing animal and a great lens 5*thanks :)

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      sreece 7 years ago

      Our first personal experience with an anaconda was about 34 years ago. My husband, baby daughter and I were spending the day in our boat in the Amazon basin (on a tributary of the Amazon River) and suddenly came upon an anaconda sunning itself on a log. It was one of the most beautiful and most awesome sights we've ever seen.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      As long as I'm never in the same room as one, I think anacondas are pretty amazing.

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      admiralglass lm 7 years ago

      Wow! These snakes are so huge. I once saw picture where anakonda was cut open and inside of anakonda there was a bloke. Snakes are beautiful animals.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      you are impressed ... all of you! even if it can bite an elephant... how could the snake eat it?

      elephant has massive skin

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      anacondas can kill elephants easy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love all creatures, but snakes are not one of my favorites, and definitely wouldn't want to meet up with an Anaconda ....... shiver! LOL - Kathy

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      Karolsstuff 8 years ago

      Not an animal I would like to meet! :>)

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I had a python put around my neck once and that was pretty big, I don't know about an Anaconda... They are such an impressive size, not something I would like to come across in the wild...

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      heehaw lm 8 years ago

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Very good lens. I'm a fan of large reptiles (have you seen my komodo dragon lens? I went all the way to Komodo Island in Indonesia just to photograph them) Thanks for visiting my Alfa Spider lens too. In answer to your question: top-speed is about 125 mph for the very fastest, so it's not a fast car - I've added that to the lens too. Thanks.

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Didn't know anything about anacondas. Wow!

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      Thanks for stopping by my Kootenay Lake, BC lens, I appreciate it. This is a great lens, aren't they huge!

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      I can't believe I am reading a lens on snakes AND finding it interesting. Oh well.

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      Good and interesting lens on anacondas.