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Do anacondas have teeth?

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Anacondas have rows of sharp, needle-like teeth. These teeth are not used for chewing food but for gripping onto prey so that an anaconda can position itself to wrap its coils around its prey and begin constricting it.

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Anacondas are large snakes found in tropical regions of South America. The term anaconda can refer to any of a certain group of anacondas but most frequently refers to the common or green anaconda. Anacondas can grow up to 26 feet long and weigh up to 290 pounds. Their size enables them to take down prey the size of a small horse.

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    How do anacondas breathe?

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    Anacondas breathe through nostrils positioned just above their snouts. This placement is important to their predatory habits, as they can breathe while mostly submerged under water before sneaking up on their prey. Once in striking distance, they spring from the water to wrap around their prey and suffocate them.

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    What do anacondas eat?

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    Anacondas eat a wide variety of animals such as wild pigs and goats. The massive snakes also eat a variety of reptiles.

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    Where do anacondas live?

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    Anacondas live in the tropical lowlands of South America and to the east of the Andes Mountains. They are aquatic reptiles and primarily live near bodies of stagnant water.

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    How many anacondas are in the world?

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    It is unknown exactly how many green anacondas there are in the world, but according to the Atlanta Zoo, these snakes are not endangered in the wild. The area they live in has a low human density, plus they are large and difficult to catch.

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