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20 Anaconda Snake Facts: Habitat and Behavior

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This is the 5th article on Anacondas that we are doing now. However, there is no reason to think that this is the last one. Honestly, a few more aspects will remain untouched even after this list of Anaconda facts. We will cover them in the last and final article after this one. In this list of Anaconda Snake facts, we are going to learn the remaining facts bout Anacondas.

Let us begin…

Anaconda Snake Facts: 1-5 | Habitat of Anacondas

1. When we say Anaconda Habitat, we usually mean the local conditions and geography of the areas they live in. We don’t mean the areas where they are found. In case you want to know the areas where they live (distribution), read this article.

2. Anacondas live in rives and swamps in tropical areas. They prefer rainforests or grasslands.

3. The areas the live in are usually humid and hot and have dense foliage. Dense foliage allows good cover and camouflage options.

4. The majority of their time is spent lurking in slow-moving streams and sluggish rivers with murky water.

5. They do have a habit of basking in Sun but usually do so on tree branches that hang over water bodies. The reason for this is that they can get into water quickly and easily whenever they need to.

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Anaconda Snake Facts: 6-10 | Behavior of Anacondas

6. Anacondas are active primarily during the early evening and also during the night.

7. Anacondas are heavy and big, making it a cumbersome task to move on land. However, they are very swift in water.

8. Anacondas (especially Green ones) are solitary reptiles. They have their own territories. Usually, other Anacondas won’t home into their territories.

9. Anacondas are known for adapting to the environment. During the dry seasons annually, the Anacondas are known for either moving to areas where water is available or they simply bury themselves in mud.

10. In case they bury themselves in mud, they go into a state of dormancy. This means, they will not hunt during this period and come out only when the dry spell is over.

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Anaconda Snake Facts: 11-15 | Behavior of Anacondas

11. For those Anacondas that live very close to the Amazon river basin, there is no need for going into a state of dormancy as they have ample water. So, they remain very active throughout the year.

12. Only those Anacondas that the savannas that are seasonally flooded, burying under mud becomes one of the adaptations that Anacondas resort to.

13. It is usually during these dry spells when the male Anacondas go looking for the female Anacondas. This is when the males will travel long distances.

14. However, such movements of the males will happen only after the peak heat for a day passes. So usually, such movements are during early evenings.

15. Anacondas are known to be poikilotherms (that is, their internal body temperature varies significantly depending on the ambient temperature).

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Anaconda Snake Facts: 16-20 | Behavior of Anacondas

16. However, they are also known to be able to regulate the temperature of their bodies by changing the changing the surface area of the body part that is exposed to Sun.

17. Basking in the Sun is not uncommon for female Anacondas. They are found basking during the wet seasons. Those that live in the grasslands prefer to stay close to the banks of the rivers and whenever they need to catch some Sun, they will find an elevated area for basking.

18. Those female Anacondas that dwell in the rivers are known for finding dense vegetation and sitting atop that for basking.

19. Basking is usually seen among breeding female Anacondas. Those that are not breeding will not be seen soaking themselves in Sun.

20. Finally, once the breeding season is over, the Anacondas will stop basking in Sun. That’s when they will return to their hunting grounds and become active.

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me October 2, 2018 - 11:14 pm

hi it was great thx

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