Not only is the Green Anaconda ( Eunectes murinus ) the largest snake in the Amazon it is the largest snake in the world. The Anaconda family represents four different types of snakes found in the Amazon, however, the Green Anaconda is the biggest and most popular.
The Green Anaconda has been known to grow up to 20 feet long and up to 300lbs. Some statistics have even reported up to 550 lbs and the circumference up to 12 inches.
The green anaconda is South America’s heaviest, largest, and longest snake. The python is still the longest snake in the world, but in respect of weight and diameter, the green anaconda tops the largest snakes in South America and the Amazon rainforest, as well as the world.
The green anaconda is typically found in the Amazon of Brazil. However, they have been found in the everglades in Florida and other parts of the Amazon. The snake prefers to spend time in the rivers and the wetlands, such as slow-moving rivers.
They also like to hang out in areas where they can hide underwater, which makes me want to stay away from ponds, and overgrown rivers. It also helps them to hide their enormous body, as they spend most of their time in the water.
If you look closely, you can spot them in the water; their eyes and nostrils will be poking out, waiting for their prey.
This particular snake is not known for being venomous but instead a dangerous constrictor. The anaconda wraps itself around its prey to kill it before swallowing it whole.
Whereas the green anaconda may be aggressive in captivity, in the wild, they are calmer and prefer to hunt prey such as deer, fish, birds, wild pigs, and caimans instead of humans in the wild.
So stay vigilant when you visit the Amazon.