National Geographic - Super Snake (Anacondas & Pythons) Documentarie

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The name Anaconda comes from the Sri Lankan language, Sinhalese, which originally probably referred to the Reticulated Python. No one is sure how this name came to represent a South American snake (unless the Anaconda and the Python were mistaken as the same species. Both snakes are swimmers and two of the largest snakes in the world.

The Tamil word for Anaconda is "Anaikolra" which means "elephant killer". The early Spanish settlers referred to this snake as"Matatoro" or "Bull Killer".

Anacondas can measure more than 30cm (12in) in diameter and are the heaviest snakes in the world, but not the longest. Pythons hold the world's record for length as they can grow up to 10m(33 feet).

A 6-meter Anaconda will weigh more than a 10-meter Python.

The pressure an Anaconda exerts on its prey is around 85PSI, the equivalent to the whole weight of a school bus on a man's chest. According to measurements, this pressure is exerted non-stop for about 15 minutes.

Anacondas have a very slow-acting digestive system. After a big meal the Anaconda will rest for days, weeks or even months while digestion occurs. One captive Anaconda is on record for fasting over two years.

Although there are several stories of Anacondas eating men, none of them were actually proved. According to studies, it is possible but unlikely that an Anaconda or Python would be able to swallow a whole man.

There are records of female Anacondas eating their partners after mating. The females are usually much larger than the males (see the JPG provided in the Torrent).

On land Anacondas can become tick-infested and they cannot move as quickly as they do in water.

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