Habitat: They prefer water to land and like areas that have thick waterside vegetation.
Threats: Humans are the main threat to fully grown Anacondas with habitat destruction and hunting for skins. Young Anacondas are also prey for many animals including caimans and members of the cat family.
Information: Yellow Anacondas are smaller than their close relation, the Green Anaconda. They reach lengths of approximately 3 m (9.8 ft) and they are known to have a life span of approximately 25 – 30 years. Their base colour is a yellowish/brown and they are covered in black blotches and rosettes. They are also known to have an aggressive disposition.
Range: Yellow Anacondas are found in the swamps, marshes and rivers of Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Western Brazil and North East Argentina.
Food: Yellow Anacondas mainly feed on birds, rodents and fish. They prefer to hunt live prey but will scavenge for dead animals. They rely on their enormous size and power to subdue their victims; they suffocate their prey by wrapping themselves around it and constricting. They then consume it whole and head first.
Breeding: Yellow Anacondas breed during the rainy season and usually in the water. They give birth to live young after a six-month pregnancy they will have litters of 20 – 40 but as many as 100 young are possible. The young have to fend for themselves from the moment that they are born.