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Green Anaconda

The green anaconda is the largest snake in the world, but not the longest - that's the reticulated python. Their diet is small mammals and reptiles when they are younger, and as large adults can eat larger mammals and larger lizards such as caimans.

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Eunectes murinus

Range

Trinidad, northern South America

Location in the Zoo

Reptiles and Amphibians Building

Cool Animal Fact

The green anaconda relies on constriction to kill its prey, asphyxiating the animal, before swallowing it whole. Elastic ligaments allow the jaws to stretch widely, accommodating prey many times the width of the head and body. Large meals provide enough nourishment that the snake can go weeks or months without food.

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