Rivers and Streams Animals

Class: Reptilia: Reptiles Diet: Birds, other animals
Order: Squamata: Lizards and Snakes
Size: 9 m (29 1/2 ft)
Family: Boidae: Pythons and Boas Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Eunectes murinus Habitat: swampy river valleys, stream banks
Range: South America, south to Argentina

Size of AnacondaOne of the world's longest snakes, the anaconda spends much of its life in sluggish fresh water but also climbs small trees and bushes with the aid of its slightly prehensile tail. It does not pursue its prey but lurks in murky water, waiting for birds and animals to come to the edge to drink. It seizes its victim and then kills it by constriction. It can only remain submerged for about 10 minutes and usually glides along with the top of its head showing above the water.  In the breeding season, males court their mates by making loud booming sounds. Females produce litters of as many as 40 live young, each of which is about 66 cm (26 in) long at birth.

Range of Anaconda
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