The world's largest snake has invaded Florida and is here to stay.
The monster Green Acaconda snake has arrived in the Florida Everglades. Unlike the Burmese Python whose population is controlled by fire ants, the Green Acaconda is expected to rapidly spread through the Everglades and other sections of Florida.
The monster snake can grow up to thirty feet long and weight up to 550lbs! The snake is about twelve inches around. They live up to ten years and are as long as a school bus.
National Geographic reports:
Anacondas live in swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams, mainly in the tropical rain forests of the Amazon and Orinoco basins. They are cumbersome on land, but stealthy and sleek in the water. Their eyes and nasal openings are on top of their heads, allowing them to lay in wait for prey while remaining nearly completely submerged.
They reach their monumental size on a diet of wild pigs, deer, birds, turtles, capybara, caimans, and even jaguars. Anacondas are non-venomous constrictors, coiling their muscular bodies around captured prey and squeezing until the animal asphyxiates. Jaws attached by stretchy ligaments allow them to swallow their prey whole, no matter the size, and they can go weeks or months without food after a big meal.
Female anacondas retain their eggs and give birth to two to three dozen live young. Baby snakes are about 2 feet (0.6 meters) long when they are born and are almost immediately able to swim and hunt. Their life span in the wild is about ten years.