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What animals eat anaconda snakes?

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No animal eats anaconda snakes, as this predator is on top of the food chain. Anacondas are in danger of being exterminated by humans, who kill them either out of fear or for commercial purposes, for the snakes' skin.

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The anaconda, or as it is known scientifically, green or common anaconda, is a native of South America's rain forests and wetlands. It is the biggest snake in the world, measuring more than 30 feet in length and 12 inches in diameter. It weighs over 550 pounds. The anaconda is a member of the boa family, and its method of hunting is the same as that of the rest of the family. The snake goes around its prey's body and strangles it with its muscles. Afterwards, the anaconda opens its stretchy jaws and engulfs the animal whole.

The anaconda's habitat is the dark waters of rivers and swamps east of the Andes. It uses water to conceal its large body. The anaconda waits for its prey either by staying below water level, except for its eyes and the nasal opening on top of its head, or resting on the tree branches above the water. On spotting the prey, the anaconda drops down from the trees and attacks its prey, which can be something small like a turtle, or something very big, like a jaguar. Anacondas also eat birds, deer, fish and sheep. However, the anaconda itself has no natural predators.

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