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Angus: Male, born at the Bronx Zoo around November 25, 1978. Arrived at the Philadelphia Zoo on May 5, 1998.
Amanda: Female, wild born, estimated July 1991. Arrived at the Philadelphia Zoo on June 8, 1998.
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Usually dark green, olive green, or brown in color with black spots. May also have yellow coloration on sides of body.
The green anaconda spends most of its time in the water. Eyes and nostrils on the top of its head enable it to see and breath while partially submerged.
During breeding season several males (up to 12) will entwine themselves around a female to attempt copulation. Anacondas give birth to live young having litters up to 30 offspring.
The average length is 10-15 feet.
Average weight is between 110 - 165 pounds.
Green anaconda are carnivorous. In the wild these snakes will eat almost anything they can manage to overpower, including: fish, birds, mammals and reptiles. At the Zoo the anaconda are offered rats in the winter and in the summer, when the snakes are more active, they are offered rabbits. Anaconda use constriction to overpower their prey, the snake then swallows the prey whole. It will take up to a week or more for the snake to completely digest its meal and be ready to eat again.
South America, east of the Andes in the Amazon and Orinoco basins, the Guianas and north of Trinidad.
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