The anaconda is one of the giant snakes in the world and is also known by the name of the water boa. This reptile measures around 10 meters in total length, has 30 centimeters in diameter and can weigh up to 250 kg or more.
Anacondas are usually dark green and have a black and ocher ovals pattern. Regarding its belly, it is white and at the end of its tail has details in yellow and black. It should be noted that these designs are unique for each type of anaconda.
Its head is large, strong and somewhat flat, and is accompanied by two elliptical eyes that can see everything in its field of view. The anaconda is covered in scales, but the only place where it does not have them is in the caudal region. It is even considered one of the best swimmers in the world.
Are Anacondas Venomous?
People often ask themselves this question, as they tend to generalize all snakes as poisonous, but this is not entirely true.
Anaconda is not poisonous. It is a reptile that kills by constriction. It is strong enough to catch its prey and suffocate it. This snake usually winds its body around its victims, causing them to lose their breath until they die. It can also be submerged in water until completely drowned.
Once they kill their prey, they swallow it entirely. Once it has eaten its food, it usually stays in the same place for several days or weeks to carry out the digestion process. That will depend on the size of the prey. When it is completely digested, the snake moves again in search of something to eat.
This type of snake does not need to be poisonous because they are incredibly strong. Anacondas use their constricting abilities to suffocate or crush their prey and eat them whole. The strength of the anacondas is in its muscles and especially in its bite.
Anacondas usually eat the following:
All these prey mentioned above are captured and suffocated by the body of an anaconda, due to constriction and not by poison.
There is still no substantial evidence that anacondas eat humans. However, there are cases of people who say they have seen these snakes devour other humans or people who were about to be swallowed by an anaconda.
Anacondas are distributed throughout South America, and there are four types of it:
- The green anaconda: It is found throughout South America.
- The yellow anaconda: It is located in the southern regions of South America, in countries such as Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia.
- The dark-spotted anaconda: It is found in the northeastern areas of South America, in countries such as French Guiana, northeastern Brazil, and Guyana.
- The Bolivian anaconda: It is located in Bolivia.
None of these four anacondas is poisonous, as their only method of killing their prey is through constriction.