Green Anaconda

The Green Anaconda is a non-venomous boa species found in South America. It is the heaviest and one of the longest known snake species, reaching up to 17 feet long. The colour pattern consists of olive green background overlaid with black blotches along the length of the body. The head is narrow compared to the body, usually with distinctive orange-yellow striping on either side. The eyes are set high on the head, allowed the snake to see out of the water while swimming without exposing its body.

The Green Anaconda tends to spend most of its life in or around water. They tend to float beneath the surface of the water with their snouts above the surface. When prey passes by or stops to drink, the anaconda will strike and coil around it with is body. The snake will then constrict until it has suffocated the prey. They feed on almost anything they can manage to overpower, including fish, birds, a variety of mammals, and other reptiles.

This species is solitary until the mating season, which occurs during the rainy season, and can last for several months. Mating is followed by a gestation period that lasts about six to seven months. Females will give birth to live young and litters usually consist of 20 -40 offspring, although as many as 100 may be produced.

Green Anaconda @ Safari Niagara

  • The Green Anaconda can be found at the Safari Niagara reptile house.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Boidae
Genus: Eunectes
Species: E. murinus

Did you know?

  • The Green Anaconda is a primarily nocturnal species.
  • Large Anacondas may consume large prey such as tapirs, deer, capybaras and even jaguars.
  • Anacondas are slow on land, but stealthy and sleek in the water.