Anacondas may have four unique species within their family, but the largest and most known of these snakes is the green version with the black and yellow spots. When seen in person, they look incredibly formidable. For this reason, they have become a common villain in Hollywood films.
1. No Eggs Here
Anacondas are one of the few snakes that give birth to live little baby snakes. Instead of laying eggs, they stay within the body of the mother. When it is time for those eggs to hatch, the live babies slither out of their holding pocket. It is not uncommon for a mother anaconda to give birth to over two dozen live little anacondas.
2. It’s a Heavyweight Champion
Anacondas aren’t the biggest snakes in the world. They title actually goes to a python. What anacondas are known for, however, is the fact that they are the heaviest snake in the world. Some of the larger species of this snake can weight more than 200 pounds. Considering they can still grow to a length of 25 feet, that’s a lot of snake.
3. A Waxy Finish
Anacondas breed in a rather unique way. The female snake is larger than the male snakes, so whenever she needs a suitor, numerous males may come her way. They may even form a ball because there are so many male snakes trying to breed. If a male snake is successful, a wax plug is left behind so no other male snakes can also claim success. As a reward for being the winner, however, there’s a good chance that the female snake is going to eat the winner.
4. Some Big Prey
Anacondas might not be known for eating humans, but they can eat some large creatures. Researchers have observed this snake eating animals as large as a white tail deer. They’ve also been observed eating capybaras, which may weight up to 150 pounds.
Anacondas are one of the biggest and scariest snakes that are in the world today. As members of the boa family, then constrict their prey before eating it. Maybe an anaconda can eat a human if they don’t notice the snake preying on them, but one thing is for certain: humans will never be as tasty as their own species.