It is possible for a large anaconda to kill a small crocodile. According to the University of Michigan’s Department of Zoology, anacondas consume broad-snouted caiman. While they are not technically crocodiles and do not attain the size of most crocodiles, broad-snouted caimans are very similar to their larger cousins.
Anacondas kill their prey with constriction, as they have no venom. In addition to caiman, anacondas hunt a variety of other large prey. The University of Michigan lists wattled jacanas, red-rumped agoutis, capybaras and red side-necked turtles as common prey species. Thanks to their cold-blooded metabolisms, anacondas do not have to eat very often. Sometimes they fast for months between meals. However, reproductive females consume high amounts of food to supply them with the energy they need to produce young.Learn More
There are many non-venomous water snakes in Tennessee that can be identified by their slender body shape, flattened or slender head, non-distinct neck and round eye pupils. There is one venomous water snake, known as the western cottonmouth, found west of the Tennessee River.Full Answer >
Pythons have an extra bone in their head and more teeth than boa constrictors. Another difference between the two snakes is that pythons lay their eggs while boas give birth to live young. Boa constrictors incubate eggs inside their bodies and give birth to as many as 60 babies.Full Answer >
Most snakes hatch from eggs outside of the mother. While a small number of snake species give birth to live snakes rather than laying eggs, all snake eggs are internally fertilized when snakes mate. After mating, some snakes lay their eggs immediately, while others carry the eggs around, laying them only when it is time for the eggs to hatch.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >