Anaconda Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Dacia Upkins

Dacia has taught all core elementary subjects for 14 years with a Master's degree in Urban Teacher Leadership.

Anacondas are just as misunderstood as they are feared. In this lesson, you will learn some interesting facts about them that may shock you, including how they hunt, eat, travel, and more!

Anacondas or Ninjas?

Anacondas are large carnivorous snakes that remain a mystery to many because they are quite difficult to study. They move about like ninjas at night through the wetlands and rainforests of South America, and they leave no trace of their whereabouts. But, there are many things that scientists have learned about anacondas that you should know as well! Read on to find out what's so important about these humongous reptiles that they have even earned parts in some action-packed movies!

Big? Bigger? Biggest!

You'd think that an animal would have to be small to hide from scientists, right? Wrong! Anacondas are mostly known for being the largest and heaviest type of snake. Imagine a snake the length of a bus, and you're picturing an anaconda. Their average length is 20 feet, but they can be as long as 30 feet. At up to 550 pounds, they can weigh as much as you along with 10 of your classmates! So, yes, they're pretty big. And can you believe that they continue to grow all of their lives?

Silent, Strong Stalkers

Anacondas use their style of silent movement to help them catch their prey. They sneak up on their prey in the water as well as on land, so the prey never sees them coming. Because their eyes and nostrils are on the top of their heads, they can hide just at the surface of the water for a long time. But it's a fact that they can remain all the way under water for up to 10 minutes without breathing.

anaconda in water

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