Thursday, April 3, 2014

Animal Report



Introduction: An Anaconda is a large, non-venomous snake found in the tropical South America. Although the name applies to a group of snakes, it is often used to refer only to one species in particular.

Paragraph One: The common or green anaconda which is also known as Eunectes murinus, which is one of the largest snakes in the world. There is new evidence that the anaconda species has migrated to the gulf of Mexico due to overpopulation of the everglades. Areas where these sightings have occurred include: Longboat Key, Panama City, Siesta Key, and Clearwater.

Paragraph Two: Green Anacondas eat a wide variety of prey, almost anything they can manage to overpower, including fish, birds, a variety of mammals, and other reptiles like alligators, crocodiles etc.. Particularly large anacondas may even consume large prey such as tapirs, deer, capybaras, and caiman's, but such large meals are not regularly consumed.

Paragraph Three: Many local stories and legends report the anaconda as a man-eater, but little evidence supports any such activity.  When Green Anacondas hunt for their prey they narrow their eyes to defeat their prey. Man-Eating green anacondas is also known, most recorded cases involving a larger female consuming a smaller male.

Paragraph Four: The minimum size of reproducing anacondas in a survey of 780 individuals was 2.1 m (6.9 ft) in snout-vent length. Expressive that the maximum size realized by anacondas following this pattern would be 5.3 m (17 ft) in snout-vent length. However, most anacondas are captured from the llanos, which is more accessible to humans and has smaller prey available, while the rainforest, which is much less explored and has more plentiful large prey, may be home to larger snakes.

Conclusion: Today, although anacondas are not on the endangered list, human taking advantage is the biggest threat to anacondas, as they are not very likely to hunt in the wild but near clear rivers. They are often displayed in zoos or are raised in captivity. Keeping an anaconda as a pet is highly discouraged, as anacondas can be more aggressive and hostile compared to a boa or python.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a cool post! I actually love snakes and I find Anacondas very interesting. Although it is a bit unsettling to hear that they are expanding more into the Gulf of Mexico because I live in Mobile Alabama and we are on the coast and not very far from the everglades! I found your post very informative and I think you are doing a very good job :)