Interesting facts about anacondas

Posted on Mar 12, 2022      177

Anacondas are probably some of the most famous snakes in the world. They are known even in places where they are not found, and all because they are the largest representatives of their genus. And popular rumors tend to exaggerate the already impressive size of these creatures, giving them supernatural powers. Most of these rumors have nothing to do with reality, but it is impossible not to admit that anacondas are indeed extremely dangerous.

Facts about anacondas

  • In the old literature, they were called “water boa constrictors”.
  • The first mention of anacondas dates back to the middle of the 16th century. These enormous snakes were told about by the Spanish conquistadors who encountered them.
  • Being fed, these creatures never attack first.
  • Among all the snakes now existing on Earth, anacondas are the most massive.
  • Anacondas spend most of their lives not on land, but in water.
  • Like other snakes, anacondas renew their skin from time to time. But they prefer to do so in the water, skinning their sides on rocks on the river bottom.
  • There are many reported sightings of anacondas as long as 8-10 meters, or even longer, but they are all unconfirmed. The largest specimen ever caught did not reach 6 meters in length, but weighed as much as 97.5 kg.
  • Female anacondas are usually one and a half times longer and more massive than the males.
  • These creatures do not survive well in captivity, and rarely live locked up for many years.
  • Anacondas are completely non-poisonous and their saliva is completely harmless.
  • Pregnancy lasts up to seven months.

  • To keep warm, they often crawl out on land, but never away from water.
  • Despite their impressive size, anacondas can also crawl up trees. However, they do it rarely, and usually do not climb high.
  • In case of drought and impossibility to move to another body of water, anaconda usually buries itself in silt and falls into a hibernation-like stupor. With the onset of the rainy season, its life activity resumes.
  • While carrying their pups, female anacondas lose a lot of weight, sometimes up to 50% of their body weight.
  • They can both give birth to live cubs, which is usually the case, and lay eggs.
  • Adult anacondas may have little or no fear of other predators. However, there are several recorded cases of large caimans successfully hunting them, which defeated the giant snake.
  • In South America, anacondas are found throughout the tropical zone, but only east of the Andes. They are not found west of this mountain range.
  • The newborn python cubs, which can be up to a hundred born at a time, can reach a length of 80 cm.
  • Mesh pythons may exceed anacondas in length, but they are significantly inferior to them in mass.
  • An adult anaconda can easily swallow a human.
  • Because these snakes live mostly in inaccessible areas, their numbers have not yet been estimated.
  • Some South American Indians hunt anacondas because of their valuable and expensive hide. Their meat is also consumed as food.

  • The New York Wildlife Conservation Society established a $50,000 prize for the discovery of an anaconda over nine meters long back in the 1930s. Since then, the amount has changed several times upwards and the length of the snake downwards. However, the award remains unclaimed.
  • Scientists believe that anacondas never hunt humans on purpose. But occasionally, they can still attack, because humans are as much prey for them as any animal.
  • There are cases of cannibalism recorded among these snakes. Adult anacondas, occasionally, can easily eat their younger and smaller congeners.
  • After swallowing large prey, anaconda can digest it up to 2-4 weeks, crawling somewhere secluded.
  • Anacondas grow throughout their lives.
  • Their ribs are movable, and they can move apart, allowing the snake to swallow very large prey. The two jaws are also not connected to each other.
  • The maximum lifespan of anacondas in the wild has not yet been established.


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