Geographical Range Tropical South America
Habitat Rivers, streams, lakes, swamps, marshes
Scientific Name Eunectes murinus
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

These impressive snakes live in the rivers and lakes of tropical South America. They are effective predators both in and out of the water, suffocating a variety of prey like turtles, caimans, birds, and mammals in their powerful coils. Although there have been rumors of anacondas measuring over 40 feet, lengths of 16 to 26 feet are more realistic. Anacondas are proportionately heavier than any other boa or python. Large adults usually weigh between 110 and 165 pounds, though specimens in excess of 220 pounds have been reported.

Did You Know?

The green anaconda is the largest snake in the Western Hemisphere (New World).