Green anaconda

About This Project

The world’s largest snake!

A green anaconda can grow to over 9 metres long and weigh as much as 200 kg! Semi-arboreal, this snake is also semi-aquatic and during the dry season it sometimes buries itself in mud if it is too far from a water source.

It can eat large prey (tapir, capybara, caiman…) which it kills using constriction.

It is facing a number of threats: being hunted for its skin, capture by animal traffickers, and the destruction of its habitat.

Latin name: Eunectes murinus
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Boidae
Size: 6-9 metres long
Weight: up to 225 kg
Lifespan: 20 years
Number of young: 20 – 40
Gestation: 6 months (ovoviviparous species)
Habitat: shallow water, dense vegetation
Diet: carnivorous
Distribution: South America
Conservation status: not assessed