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ANACONDA
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 - 11:35 PM SL Time

Anacondas (local name: Sucuri) are four species of aquatic boa (particularly the green anaconda) inhabiting the swamps and rivers of the dense forests of tropical South America. The Yellow Anaconda can be found as far south as Argentina.

There are two possible origins for the word `anaconda,` both of which are traced to the native languages of Sri Lanka: It is perhaps an alteration of the Sinhalese word `henakanday`, meaning `thunder snake`, or alternatively, the Tamil word `anaikondran`, which means `elephant killer`, as early Spanish settlers in South America referred to the anaconda as `matatoro`, or `bull killer`. It is unclear how the name originated so far from the snake`s native habitat; it is likely due to its vague similarity to the large Asian pythons.

In Captivity
Anacondas have a reputation for bad temperament. That plus the massive size of the green species mean that anacondas are comparatively less popular as pets than other boas, but they are fairly commonly available in the exotic pet trade

In Life
Anacondas in the wild spend most of their time in rivers hunting for their food. They are solitary creatures that are somewhat shy and not many of them are easily seen. They are very well camouflaged in the swamps and bogs in which they thrive. There are some historical reports of early European explorers of the South American jungles seeing giant anacondas up to 100 feet long and some of the native peoples of the South American jungle have reported seeing anacondas up to 50 feet long. No one has caught and measured an anaconda anywhere near that size. It is important to note that when a dead anaconda`s hide or skin is laid out it can be stretched very easily, expanding to much longer lengths than the snake exhibited when alive. Reports of outsize anacondas that cannot be verified are usually due to distortions in perception, or a snake skin being disproportionately stretched and inaccurately measured. People are generally very poor at estimating length, especially for larger snakes. In fact, the larger the snake, the greater the margin of error. The only study on the life of the green anacondas has been done in Venezuela by Dr. Jesus A. Rivas






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ajan
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9 May 2007 16:38:46 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Whereever it originated is not matter but
these snakes scare me off.
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9 May 2007 16:42:36 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Pharoah,

Its nice you have put this article on. I read something about Anaconda when I was in Rio and in Amazon they have these guys, huge fellows.

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9 May 2007 16:42:50 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Can anacondas be found in sri lanka?

if so, where about?
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9 May 2007 16:45:44 GMT  Report for Abuse   
KV62,
Can anacondas be found in sri lanka?


Nope......but we have those huge rock pythons!!
they can grow really long but the as notas massive as Anacondas!!
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9 May 2007 16:51:32 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Cheers ML

yeah, there should be anacondas in india though
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9 May 2007 17:13:49 GMT  Report for Abuse   
there should be anacondas in India though


Anacondas (Boas) live in South American wild only.

But pythons live in South and East Asia, including Sri Lanka and India.

Boas and Pythons are different species, genetically and anatomically.

Pythons have teeth and produce egg.

Boas (eg: anaconda) have no teeth and produce live young (giving birth).
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9 May 2007 17:48:40 GMT  Report for Abuse   
ML,
Can anacondas be found in sri lanka?

Nope......but we have those huge rock pythons!!
they can grow really long but the as notas massive as Anacondas!!


I heard there was a reptile called 'Henakandaya' which rhymes with Anaconda,... I am not sure about the accuracy of that.
MarkLevinson
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9 May 2007 18:00:03 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Idiot Sissy,
Henakandya rings a bell......though dont know what it is for sure....
Idiot ML
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9 May 2007 18:20:45 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Holy macro.......this thing is fricking huge.....
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9 May 2007 18:29:52 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Forget the Anacondas there are plenty of 'snakes' in Sri Lanka!! Dont we know them?
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