Anacondas in the jungles of South America can grow as big around as a grown man! An anaconda's great bulk is put to use catching and subduing prey. Anacondas are members of the boa constrictor family of snakes. They are not venomous.
Dave sets an anaconda free. This adolescent anaconda had gotten caught in a fishing net.
These semi-aquatic snakes lie submerged along stream banks to ambush their prey. They kill their prey by coiling their large, powerful bodies around their victims and squeezing until their prey suffocates or is crushed to death and dies from internal bleeding. Then the snake unhinges its jaw and swallows the victim whole.
Check out this anaconda constricting a caiman! Photo from No-Pest.com
For further exploration, check out the following web sites.
Wilderness Classroom's Rainforest Library: Green Anaconda
Video of the Anaconda during Project Peru
National Geographic's Animal Photos and Facts
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