Anacondas are fascinating because they are so big and impressive and scary at the same time. To the right owner, they can be amazing pets. However, for most of us, they are animals worthy of our respect but ones that we’d rather watch from a distance. They are the largest species of snakes, and they prefer tropical rainforests as nesting places. They can be found all over South America, and they have mastered the art of camouflage, as they can be somewhat hard to find in the wild.
One interesting piece of trivia related to these reptiles is that one of the most massive captured anacondas was over 17 feet long, which is a record even for the species. It weighed over 215 pounds and to this day is part of the locals’ freakiest nightmares. Fortunately, these animals are mellow and like to be undisturbed, and they don’t attack unless provoked by malicious people. They are not venomous, and they kill their prey by suffocating it since they are constrictors. It is also a well-known fact that females are larger than males.
Speaking of growth, anacondas never stop doing it. They get larger and larger every year, and they never stop until their death. The reptiles can be found in multiple colors, mostly dark green with dark spots, and they match their environment perfectly, managing to surprise their food despite having a size that could match the size of a bus.
What’s even cooler about these mind-blowing reptiles is that they move with ease on land and water as well. They are great swimmers and can stay underwater for up to 10 minutes. These abilities are the reason why they have managed to not only survive but thrive as well in a place that is threatened by unsustainable deforestation.
All kinds of large and small animals can be part of the diet of an anaconda. This diet includes rabbits, capybaras, fish, deer and there was footage captured with a specimen that caught and ate an entire jaguar. They have cleverly designed jaws which allow them to swallow the hunt in one piece, and they can go on a week without feeling hungry again.
Anacondas can live in captivity longer than in the wild, which is not always the case with wild animals. This shows they have immense adapting spirit, and the fact they are so easy to maneuver if well fed makes them so popular among pet owners. Just make sure you go for a breed that doesn’t grow as large as a bus. In the wild, these formidable creatures can live up to 15 years, while in captivity twice as much.