Anaconda, common ancaonda, green anaconda, water boa
Up to 95kg
The 'bull-killer' of the Amazon
It is very strong and, despite appearing sluggish on land, can easily overcome large prey, including small species of deer or even small crocodiles (caimans). It kills large mammals by coiling its body around them and suffocating them.
The anaconda is dark green in colour with alternating oval black spots. Similar spots with yellow-ochre centres are along the sides of its body. It has a large narrow head. The eyes and nostrils are set on the top of its head, which enables it to see and breathe while mostly submerged.
Ecology and Habitat
Found in South American countries east of the Andes including Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and the island of Trinidad. It spends most of its life in or near water, even giving birth in water. They prefer sluggish or still waters rather than clear, swift flowing streams and are therefore found at relatively low altitudes.
What is WWF doing?
- Promoting the responsible use of natural resources and sustainable management
- Ensuring environmental and social standards for infrastructure development, particularly road and dam projects
- Developing national programmes for reducing emissions from deforestation
- Consolidating and expanding protected areas