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The anaconda is considered the largest of all snakes. The green giant, or yellow, there are two species, grow up to 25 feet long and can weigh up to 600 lbs.

The green and yellow anacondas call their homes South America. They are found in the Amazon, Orinoco and other Tropical rivers. It prefers to stay in the water, where it can glide its weight around, instead of hauling it on ground. The anaconda spends it’s day in trees above it’s watery home, taking in the sun. This helps dry out ticks that attach to their skin.

The anaconda will eat anything it can subdue. It has been recorded not to attack humans. It will quietly glide away rather than take the risk of disturbing his only enemy. The anaconda will attack alligators, deer, wild pigs and caiman. He is a wrap snake, which means he will wrap around his prey and slowly suffocate his meal to death. Most of the time the victims drown first. After the anaconda has eaten he will sleep until his meal has digested. Then he wakes and begins his hunt again.

The anaconda is a solitaire reptile until breeding season. The female secretes a scent, when ready to mate. There are usually no rivals; the nearest male picks up the scent and heads toward her territory. When they meet the male will rub his body against hers. The anaconda does not lay eggs. The male fertilizes the eggs inside the female’s body. She will give birth to twenty to forty live young with six weeks. The young are born prepared to swim, hunt and are independent. The young are not strong enough to kill large prey, so their diet consists of frogs and fish. The young grow very fast. They reach sexual maturity at three years of age.

The anaconda is not yet an endangered species, but if the continued hunting for their skins persist, their populations will have no chance of recovery.