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.
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.