Anacondas are the largest snakes in the world. Using their
to squeeze their prey, they tighten their grip every time the animal exhales,
until it cannot take another breath. Then, they swallow their food whole.
Size Up to 30 feet long and more than 550 pounds
Diet Small and large mammals, reptiles, birds and fishes
Lifespan 10-30 years
Range South and Central America
Habitat Rivers, streams and lakes
Predators Large mammals, reptiles and birds hunt baby anacondas,
but the large adults are rarely threatened by predators such as large caimans or jaguars.
Relatives Anacondas are a type of boa constrictor. There are approximately
41 species of boas, and four different species of anacondas.
Family life Anacondas are ovoviviparous, which means that the females carry the eggs within their bodies until the babies are ready to hatch. Then, the pregnant female can give birth to anywhere from 12 to more than 80 2-foot-long baby snakes. The young anacondas are independent as soon as they are born, and do not receive any parental care. It can take many years for a hatchling anaconda to be old enough to breed.
Conservation status Stable Anacondas are not considered threatened, but they are affected by habitat loss through their rainforest habitat.