How Long Can an Anaconda Get?
Anacondas are renowned for their size. When people talk about dangerous snakes they often bring up the impressive bulk of the anaconda. But how long can an anaconda get? The verified numbers can give us an easy answer. Male anacondas can grow up to 9 feet in length. (2.7 meters.) While female anacondas can grow up to 17 feet. (Over 5 meters.)
Unverified extreme cases suggest that anaconda might be able to reach a length of over 30 feet or longer. (Around 9 meters.) However, there’s a number of related issues that we should consider when asking how long can an anaconda get.
How Old Can Anacondas Get?
An anaconda will grow to maturity at a rapid pace. It’ll be considered an adult by the time it’s three or four years old.
If an anaconda lives in the wild it will typically live for about ten years.
However, anaconda raised in captivity have a number of advantages. With proper care and medical treatment when called for these lucky anaconda can live to be about thirty years old.
Do Anacondas Have Live Babies?
Anacondas don’t lay eggs, the young are born live with an impressively size. (The eggs are inside the female developing until ready.) The live young are typically be about two or three feet in length. The female can have around 15 young, up to around 40 young.
Where Does the Anaconda Live?
Anacondas typically prefer semi-aquatic environments. These habitats include marshes, swamps and even streams if the flow of water is slow enough. In fact, their nickname of water boa even alludes to their love of semi-aquatic habitats.
Given their preferences we shouldn’t be too surprised to find that anacondas are primarily found in the greenery of South America. Some of the countries where we find anaconda include Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Trinidad. Anaconda’s can even be found as far south as the northern part of Paraguay.
Do Anacondas Grow Until They Die?
Anaconda typically grow fairly quickly once they hatch. But this growth will typically slow down when the anaconda reaches full maturity. However, it’s important to remember that slow growth doesn’t mean lack of growth. Because yes, anaconda do continue to grow over the full course of their life.
Earlier on we noted that anaconda can grow up to seventeen feet. This isn’t a firm limit though. It’s simply that anaconda in the wild will typically fall prey to a number of different dangers before they can die from old age. This also means that anaconda in the wild will seldom come close to reaching their maximum length.
It’s only in the longer lived examples from captivity that we can really see how large anacondas might become over the course of their lifespan. This is exemplified in the case of an anaconda in the Pittsburgh Zoo. This female anaconda reached a length of 19.5 feet and weighed 201 lbs. (5.94 meters and over 91kg.) For a length comparison, a large great white shark can get to 20 feet.
What Does an Anaconda Eat?
Anaconda need to eat an impressive amount to maintain their large size. They’ll often hunt down prey up to about 50% of their own size. This can include some larger mammals such as capybaras. They also eat birds, wild pigs, deer, amphibians such as turtles and even jaguars.
However, in general there’s really not much an anaconda won’t eat. It’s not just that they’ll eat almost any living thing. In a pinch they’ve even been known to resort to carrion. Larger female anacondas will even eat smaller male anacondas if given the chance.
This willingness to go for almost any meal does pose some risks. It’s not that unusual for an anaconda in the wild to die when trying to take down prey which puts up an unexpected fight. However, we’ll soon see that this hunting tactic also gives them some distinct benefits.
What Makes the Anaconda Snake So Special?
Anaconda tend to tackle larger prey than other snakes. However, this also means that they can go a considerable amount of time without eating. A single large meal can keep an anaconda going for weeks. A larger anaconda can actually go one or two months on a single big meal.
This efficient use of resources is also due to how an anaconda spends most of its day. Most animals need to run around all day in search of food. But an anaconda can patiently wait in the water for a meal to come to it. This is partially due to the efficient metabolism which ensures it doesn’t need frequent meals. But it’s also because of the anaconda’s physical features.
An anaconda’s nose and eyes are positioned at the top of its head. This allows the snake to remain hidden by the water while at rest. It can simply remain submerged most of the day. During this time it will remain hidden from the majority of predators and prey alike. Meanwhile the anaconda’s unsubmerged eyes and nose supply it with air and a good view of the territory.
Is The Anaconda The Longest Snake In The World?
The longest snake in the world is the reticulated python of over 21feet in length (6.4 meters.) The anaconda is the second longest snakes in the world.
Anacondas are the largest snake in the world taking into account their weight.