Green Anaconda has remained a mysterious and dreadful character, about which lots of fictional literature has been written. Green Anaconda is also the favorite leitmotif of the horror film producers and has been presented as a stalwart monster in their movies. A number of times the size and bodies of the Green Anaconda has been exaggerated by the writers and the movie makers. In this article, we’ll narrate the true facts about this scandalous creature.

Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus). Image by Sergey Pisarevskiy

Green Anaconda, the largest snake on Earth is commonly known as Anaconda or Common Anaconda and it is scientifically called as Eunectes murinus. The Green Anaconda falls under the non poisonous category of boa species. Green Anaconda is no doubt the heaviest snake which is also one of the longest snake species on earth. Green Anaconda is normally a solitary reptile which is seen together only in the mating season. The female Green Anaconda is surprisingly larger than the male ones. The Green Anacondas are also considered excellent subjects on the relevant issues in the ecology of snakes and vertebrates in general.

Green anaconda devouring a small crocodile in the National Park Lianos Venezuela.

The Green Anaconda can obtain the maximum length of 20-25 feet and the color pattern consists of olive green background overlaid with black blotches along the length of the body. The head of Green Anaconda is narrower than the body, usually with distinctive orange-yellow striping on either side. From time to time many rumors have remained in the air about seeing the Green Anaconda of 30-40 ft, however no authenticity occurs in this regard. The longest (and heaviest) scientifically recorded specimen was a female measuring 521 cm (17 ft 1 in) long and weighing 97.5 kilograms (215 lb).

 The Green Anaconda which is also sometimes referred as the Water Boa, lives in the tropical zones of the Latin America and South America. The Green Anaconda are mostly found in the swamps and tropical rain forests of the great Amazon river. They are very agile swimmers like Boa Constrictor and Reticulated Pythons. They are cumbersome on land, but stealthy and sleek in the water. Their eyes and nasal openings are on top of their heads, allowing them to lie in wait for prey while remaining nearly completely submerged. Green anacondas are active primarily at night and spend most of the daytime hours sleeping.

Green Anaconda with his massive mouth ( Image courtesy: mant01)

In the mating season the female Green Anaconda mates with several males and she may produce 30-50 young ones at one time.  The initial growth rate is somewhat rapid but slows once the animal reaches sexual maturity, which typically occurs around 4 to 5 years of age. The sexuality in the Green Anaconda is also full of amazing features. In the rainy season, the females Green Anaconda lays down pheromone trails which are typically followed by a number of males who aggregate around the female in a “breeding ball,” which is actually a slow-motion wrestling match. This situation is continued for several days and ultimately a single male Green Anaconda emerges as a winner which performs actual sex with the female.

Green Anaconda, the largest snake on earth lives in the remote and dense forest areas. Their population has also threats of habitat destruction caused by deforestation. But overall they don’t have many predators; although they are being hunted in order to get their meat and skin.

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