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.