This anaconda is rather cumbersome on land, but stealthy and sleek when in the water. Since this snake does spend most of its time in the water, its eyes and nostrils are located high on its head, thus allowing the anaconda to see and breathe as it lays in wait for its next meal.
Distribution: South American rainforest swamps, rivers and basins.
Diet in the Wild: Any mammals, fish or birds that it can constrict and swallow, including deer and jaguars.
Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Large rats
Size: Up to 26ft long and 12in diameter (8m length, 30cm diameter)
Weight: Up to 485 lbs (220kg)
IUCN Red List Status: Not evaluated
The green anaconda moves slowly on land due to its large size, but is a great swimmer and can move much faster in water.
The slow metabolism of a green anaconda means that it can go weeks to months without feeding after a large meal.