Thursday, October 25, 2007

World’s Heaviest Snake

Anaconadas are members of the boa family. They spend most of their time in the water waiting for prey, such as rodents, deer, tapir, aquatic birds, fish, and other reptiles. They grab the prey with their teeth, then wrap around the victim and either squeeze the animal to death or drag it under water to suffocate the animal. Anacondas can stay submerged in the water for 10 minutes. Prey is swallowed whole.

Anaconda females weigh more than the males. The snake averages 350 pounds. The average length is 20 feet! That’s a big snake!


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