The San Diego Zoo’s first anacondas arrived in 1939. Today, a pair of green anacondas can be seen in a corner exhibit of our famous Reptile House. The male was born in 1998 and the female in 2008. Look for the two lounging in their pond, draped in the branches, or coiled under a log.
Humans are the anaconda’s most dangerous predator. Green anacondas, for example, face a number of threats that could severely reduce their numbers in the wild. These huge snakes are hunted, both legally and illegally, in many parts of South America for their skin and for sale in the growing illegal pet trade. Anacondas do NOT make good pets; they can quickly outgrow their cage, are dangerously strong, and release an unpleasant odor when bothered.
Local people also frequently kill anacondas, saying they are just trying to protect their livestock, pets, and families. The sad truth is that oftentimes these snakes are killed just because people fear and dislike them.