Anacondas

Anacondas are one of the largest snakes in the world. They can grow up to 20-30 feet long and weigh up to 550 pounds! They live in the swamps and rivers of South America. Females are much larger than males.

Anacondas eat both land and water animals. They belong to a group of snakes called constrictors. This means they squeeze their prey until they can no longer breathe. They will swallow their prey whole and can do that because they can unhinge their jaw so their mouth opens wider. They only need to eat once every few weeks and have been known to be able to go a year without eating!

Anacondas are an amphibious snake, which means they don’t lay eggs like most snakes. They give birth to live young. The babies will feed on mice, frogs, and fish. There are usually 20-40 babies born at a time. Anacondas in the wild live only for about 10 years.

Anacondas do NOT eat humans. In fact, they tend to flee when humans are around!

Fun Fact

Anacondas do NOT eat humans. In fact, they tend to flee when humans are around!