Green Anaconda

  • Common Group: PYTHON SNAKES
  • Common Name: Green Anaconda
  • Scientific Name: Eunectes murinus
  • Distribution: Northern South America
  • Size: Up to 30'

Natural habitat

This semi-aquatic species inhabits the tropical rain forest near ponds, streams, and swamps or water estuaries. When kept as pets, adults require an 8'x 4'x 3' enclosure.


Usually aggressive, only minimal taming with handling.

Captive environment

Use full spectrum lighting 12-14 hours per day. Provide a basking area with access to a cooler zone. Dark hiding places and uncluttered enclosure is desirable


Use reptile heating pads under tank for 24 hour bottom heat Day temperature should be gradient from 78 to 90 degrees F. Maintain night temperature range between 72-80 degrees F.


This species requires a constant high level of humidity.

Water requirements

Provide a large fairly deep bowl for drinking and soaking. Mist enclosure every 3-4 days.

Nutritional requirements

This species is a carnivore (meat eater). Feed appropriate sized rodents (mice, hamsters, rats). Pre-killed food is recommended, also eats small live fish. Also eats birds.