How to Care for your New Anaconda
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Origin: ďGreen anacondasĒ come from the tropical areas of the Amazon River and the Orinoco Rivers. In the movie Anaconda II -- the Blood Orchid, they also came from S.E. Asia where they somehow ate the sap of the blood orchid which extended their life and made them grow two to three times larger than the mondo anacondas in Anaconda I.
Temperature: Since they come from a warm, humid location, you need to keep your anaconda warm. Shoot for about 85F or expect your anaconda to contract respiratory problems and possibly snuffle off his mortal coils. Put a heat lamp right above his water and heíll hunker down in his own hot tub for extended periods.
Longevity: If you meet his basic needs, your anaconda may stick around for three decades. So, carefully consider your time commitment if you decide to acquire your own anaconda.
Water: We already mentioned water, however, itís good to filter your anacondaís water and/or change it often. All snakes and many lizards excrete in their water. Anacondas can crank out a fairly hefty bio-log. Luckily, they eat less often than most snakes. But you need to change his water often. In the wild, they get tick infested fast when out of the water, so they like to hang in the water a great deal of the time.
Security: Most snakes need a hide box to feel comfortable. If you donít provide one, your anaconda will try to hide behind something or dig under the substrate. Without a cave or similar den, you give him one more stress to put up with.
Foods: When small, your anaconda will eat mice, chicks, and goldfish. Constrictors wrap around their prey and suffocate it. Anacondas may also choose to drown it. He will grow to eat rats, rabbits, and roosters. Feed him critters as big in diameter as his body. As he grows, he will take longer and longer between meals.
Supplements? Not necessary. His food contains all the nutrients he needs.
Lighting: Lizards need UVB lighting to absorb calcium into their bones. Snakes do not need this expensive extra.
Breeding: Amateurs need not attempt this particular stage in their life. Jim (in the third pic above) has bred Annie successfully several times.
Handling: Some anacondas are bitier than others. When shedding or hungry, their bite rate goes up fast. Pros know itís best to feed them outside their cage, wash your hands after handling rodents, and put your hand over their head before picking them up. You donít want to startle an anaconda.
Last Words: We canít recommend anacondas to very many people -- especially beginning snake keepers. They get too big, live too long, eat too much, and cost much more than your average snake. The anaconda is not a learnerís snake. LA
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