The Green Anaconda
This south America snake is still the largest in the world. The enormous girth of the anaconda makes it twice as heavy as it cousin, the reticulated python.
The Green Anaconda can grow up to more than 29 feet ,weigh more than 550 pounds, and measures more than 12 inches in diameter. Females are slightly larger than males. Other anaconda species, all from south America and all smaller than the green anaconda,are the yellow dark-spotted, and Bolivian varieties.
Anacondas live in swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams, mainly in the tropical rainforest of the Amazon and Orinoco basins. They are cumbersome on land but stealthy and sleek in the water. Their eyes and nasal openings are on top their heads, allowing them to lay in wait for prey while remaining nearly completely submerged.
Female anacondas retain their eggs and give birth to two to three dozen live young. Baby snakes are almost immediately able to swim and hunt. Their lifespan in the wild is about ten year.
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