Reptile

Anaconda

Area: 
South America
Habitat: 
Rain forests and wetlands
Food: 
Wild pigs, deer, birds, turtles, capybaras, caimans, and jaguars
Size: 
Up to 30 feet (almost as long as a school bus!)
Babies: 
Measure 2 feet long at birth and take care of themselves from the start
A group of anacondas is called a "bed" or "knot."
A Big Squeeze

 

An anaconda kills its preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. by coiling its muscular body around the creature and squeezing until the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. can no longer breathe. Jaws attached by stretchy ligaments allow the snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. to swallow its preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. whole, no matter the size. Anacondas can go weeks or months without eating after a big meal.

 

Anacondas like to be in or near water, and they are excellent swimmers. Their eyes and nostrils are on top of their heads, so they can keep their body hidden underwater as they wait for preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food..

 

Humans are the anaconda’s most dangerous predatorAn animal that hunts and kills other animals for its food.. In many parts of South America, they are hunted, both legally and illegally for their skin and for sale in the illegal pet trade. Often, these snakes are killed just because people fear and dislike them.