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Anaconda (large)

  • The great anaconda is the heaviest and largest giant snake in the world. The females become significantly larger than the males. These anacondas are well adapted and camouflaged to their surroundings. Photo: Fotolia

  • Anacondas will eat anything that can overwhelm them. The larger the snake, the larger its prey will be. The great anaconda is not poisonous. She kills her victims by choking. Photo: Fotolia

  • The giant snake is a loner for life. She is active in the twilight hours and at night, and can swim and dive well. Only on land can it not move quickly. Photo: Fotolia

  • For mating purposes several males meet a female and devour with her. After a gestation period of six to eight months, the female gives birth to up to 80 young animals. Photo: Fotolia

  • The great anaconda lives in habitats with water nearby. The adult snakes have no natural enemies. Photo: Fotolia


Order:Scaly creepers
Family:Boas / giant snakes
Type / genre:Large anacondas / lat.Eunectes murinus
Habitat:Wetlands, tropics in South America
Life expectancy:20 - 60 years
Enemies:for young animals: big cats, caimans and larger conspecifics
Nutrition:Fish, snake, mammals, reptiles, birds
Weight:70 - 82 kg
Size:3.34 - 5.17 m
Speed:up to 27 km / h
Endangered species:No

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Characteristics of the great anaconda

Detailed view from left to right: head, tongue. Photo: Collage © JUNIOR

  • small head that is clearly separated from the neck
  • strong muscular stature with a very flexible spine
  • brown to olive-green scale dress with oval to round black spots on the back
  • white, cream-colored or yellowish ventral side with light spots
  • black forked tongue
  • two black lines behind the eyes
  • Nostrils on top of head
  • Remnants of legs (aft spurs) at the end of the snake are more developed in males
  • Males weigh an average of 70 kg, females around 82 kg
  • Males are up to 3.34 m long, females up to 5.17 m

Special features of the great anaconda

The great anaconda is that heaviest giant snake and the most common anaconda species in the world. The females are larger and heavier than the males. The great anaconda is tight water bound and moves very quickly in it. On land it moves sluggishly.

The great anaconda is not poisonous. It is a Water and choke snakes. She hears badly or not at all because she has no ears.

Interesting facts about the great anaconda

Detailed view from left to right: open mouth, scale skin. Photo: Collage © JUNIOR

With their forked narrow tongue these scale crawfish perceive smells. In the mouth of the anaconda there are over a hundred pointed teeththat can fold the snake backwards so it doesn't injure itself.

The giant snake can do hers Unhook the lower jaw, because only in this way is it possible for her to devour larger animals. Your body can also stretch widely.

Other anaconda species

The smaller anaconda species include the yellow anaconda, the Beni anaconda and the De Schauensees anaconda. All species live in the tropics of South America. A rough distinction can be found in addition to the size in the color. The Yellow anaconda is yellow-brown in color and has many spots. Your head does not stand out much from the neck. Older females of this species can grow to be over four meters long.

The Beni anaconda is brown to olive brown. The head stands out little from the neck. The species also has the fewest spots. These are round, large and form rings in the middle of which the basic color can be seen. The Beni anaconda can grow up to four meters long.

The De Schauensee's anaconda is yellowish brown and can be up to three meters long. Her small head is provided with five black stripes and stands out slightly from the neck. On the back of this species, in addition to misshapen and differently sized spots, irregular zigzag patterns can also form.

Yellow anaconda. Photo: Panther Media


Food procurement: This is what the great anaconda eats

Hunting technique: fatal hug

The anaconda lurks motionless in the water or on the ground until an unsuspecting victim dares to approach them. Thanks to her coloring it is almost invisible to the prey. If the victim comes close enough, the anaconda leaps forward, bites into the prey and wraps its massive body around it. Anacondas are not poisonous, they are Choke snakes and kill their victims by depriving them of air and blood flow, causing the prey to suffocate or drown underwater.

Then the prey is always swung head first and down in one piece, because the giant snake cannot bite or chew its prey. Until it reaches the stomach, it can up to six hours last. After a successful hunt, the snake does not need any food for a while. Anacondas can hold up to 500 days without food get along.

Capybaras and turtles are on the menu of the great anaconda. Photo: Panther Media

Prey animals: what is on the menu?

It is said of these scaled reptiles: The bigger the snake, the bigger the prey. Smaller snakes mainly eat birds. The male anacondas will eat birds for their entire life, while the females will eat one or more Body length of three metersprefer to devour larger prey such as capybaras, white-tailed deer, caimans (a type of crocodile) or smaller conspecifics. Even turtles and big cats are not spared.

Life form

On the life form of the great anaconda

Large anaconda on a log. Photo: Collage © JUNIOR

The great anaconda is ...

a Lonerwho prefer to move in the water than on land because they are simply faster in the water.
thanks to her Camouflage colors almost invisible.
nocturnal and meanders along.

The great anaconda can ...

yourself on land do not move quickly because it is too massive.
not only swim really well, but also up to 45 minutes under water diving.
feel with her body whether something is approaching her. The Vibrations or sound pulsesthat arise, for example, when walking, are passed on to the snake via the ground so that it can sense when something is approaching it.

The great anaconda has ...

a forked tonguewith which she orientates herself.

Behavior: Typically large anaconda

  • At danger - and if they cannot escape, which is often the case on land - anacondas wrap themselves in one ball together. They put their heads in a loop that they form with their bodies and wrap the rest around it. The most sensitive parts of the snake, namely the belly and head, are very well protected in this way.
  • In order to grow, the snake has to shed its skin regularly, as these boas will grow their entire life. In the Moltingwhich occurs more frequently in young snakes than in older ones, the old skin is peeled off like a film. The new skin is already under the old skin.
Big anaconda in the water. Photo: Fotolia

Reproduction and young animals

Large anaconda: reproduction and young

Sexual maturity:from 4 years
Mating season:
End of the dry season
Wearing time:6 - 8 months

The great anaconda becomes sexually mature at the age of four. The Mating season the anacondas usually take place at the end of the dry season. Several males are attracted by the fragrance of a female. Between the males there is no rivalry fights.

Up to 13 males knot at the pairing with a female and try to mate. Mostly the mating occurs in the water. The mating phase can take a few weeks, so that the ball of snakes has to move together.

During mating and Gestation time the snakes do not eat anything. During this time, they can lose a lot of weight. Depending on the type of anaconda, the female brings up to 80 after six to eight months Young animals to the world. Babies anaconda do not hatch from eggs, as do many snakes. They are born alive and weigh between 200 to 400 grams and are 70 to 90 centimeters in length. The young snakes immediately go their own way.

Habitat and existence

The threat, population and habitat of the great anaconda

Crocodiles can be very dangerous for young anacondas. Photo: Panther Media

The great anaconda is that most common anaconda species in the world. They are found east of the Andes in the northern lowlands South America. It inhabits water-rich habitats near swamps, lakes or slow-flowing rivers.

A full-grown anaconda hardly has any more natural enemies to fear. But the young are among the prey of Big cats, caimans or larger anacondas. These animals are therefore exposed to many mortal hazards, especially in the first years of life. The great anaconda is currently considered to be "not endangered". But their habitat is also threatened by the deforestation of the rainforest.

The jaguar is also one of the natural enemies of the young anaconda animals. Photo: Panther Media


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