- Common Name:
- Green Anaconda
- Scientific Name:
- Eunectes murinus
- Group Name:
- Bed, knot
- Average Life Span In The Wild:
- 10 years
- 20 to 30 feet
- Up to 550 pounds
The green anaconda is a member of a family of snakes called constrictors. Constrictors are not venomous snakes. They don't kill prey by delivering venom through a bite. Instead, constrictors wrap their bodies around their prey and squeeze until it stops breathing.
The giant snake opens its mouth wide enough to swallow its victim—sometimes fish or caiman (relatives of crocodiles) and even jaguars and small deer.
Anaconda jaws are held together with stretchy ligaments so they can open wide enough to swallow prey whole.
And it'd take about 11 kids to weigh as much as one anaconda.