Can an Anaconda Eat a Human?


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The anaconda has the ability to consume a child or an adult with a thin-frame, but these occurrences are rare and there is little evidence to support them. The anaconda is able to swallow large prey due to its elastic jaw, which can be stretched to consume animals like deer and tapir, according to the New York Post's interview with herpetologist Frank Indiviglio.

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The anaconda is found in areas of northern South America, in both terrestrial and aquatic biomes. Due to its jaw stretching mechanism, the anaconda can typically consume between 14 to 50 percent of its own weight, and in addition to preying on large animals, it commonly feasts on fish, amphibians, birds and turtles. Its slow digestion allows the snake to last weeks to months without eating another meal.

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