Mark O'Shea's new softback edition
Venomous Snakes of the World. Also his Dangerous Snakes of Papua New Guinea stamp issue
and all his other books on the new 'O'Shea's Herp Shop'
DK Handbook to Reptiles and Amphibians. Visit the
'O'Shea's Herp Shop'
GREEN ANACONDA Eunectes murinus
The Heaviest Snake in the World
The green anaconda is the largest and heaviest, although not longest, snake in the world. The large females can reach 8.0m in length and many kgs in weight. They are extremely aquatic boas that prey on almsot any animal that comes to the water including peccaries, capypara, deer, even caiman (S.American alligators), boa constrictors and their own species (see below). Even a medium sized anaconda is powerful enough to kill a man. Like all boas the anaconda is a live-bearer, giving birth into the water.