The anaconda is a snake from the giant snake family.
It has a green to brown color and large, round, dark spots all over the body. The snake is a resident of moist rainforests in northern South America. It is a water-loving species; especially the older specimens move mainly by swimming. The habitat consists of the banks of large rivers and river arms, and the species has a clear preference for swamps. The snake is still common in parts of the distribution area.
The food consists of all kinds of animals such as mammals, birds and other reptiles. The anaconda can handle large prey such as deer and crocodiles. Adult specimens don’t have any natural enemies. The species is endangered by humans: the snake’s skin and flesh are worth a lot of money.
The anaconda is the largest snake in the world, measured by weight. Different types of pythons can grow even longer, but they never get that heavy. The anaconda is viviparous; when the young come into the world, they are already 70 centimeters to a meter long.