Typically when we think of animals eating animals, it’s not difficult to imagine what might be talked about. Perhaps it is a lion eating a gazelle, a crocodile eating a fish, or even a wolf eating a wild boar. However, we must stop to consider that there are animals that will eat their kind.
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In the case of the video shown below, we see an enormous anaconda that has already swallowed its prey whole. And he is trying to get the food down. However, we can quickly see that this anaconda is severely struggling with this and ends up starting to regurgitate the prey.
According to the University of Minnesota’s Vet Med section, they have the following to say about regurgitation. “Regurgitation is the release of food back out of the mouth when the food has not reached the stomach (undigested). It is usually related to esophageal dysfunction or obstruction.”
As the regurgitation continues, it is only then that we see this large anaconda swallowing another anaconda! “Wow” was our simple response to seeing this. For whatever reason, this large anaconda was struggling and not able to digest this other anaconda. Which was lucky for that little fellow because he was able to slither away quickly.
One commentator comically replies, “You are what you eat.” Which made us chuckle because, in this case, it is true.
Is It Normal For Anacondas to be Cannibalistic?
The short answer here is, yes! Female anacondas are sometimes known to eat their male counterpart during mating season. This is often referred to as “sexual cannibalism.” It is common in some species such as the Black Widow spider and the Praying Mantis.
Additionally, the reason females will consume the males is because it gets them the nutrients they may need later on to allow them to successfully give birth to their offspring. It is a part of their own species’ survival.
Furthermore, due to the green anacondas’ size, they are the few snake species that are capable of not only eating each other but also capable of consuming a human. However, this is an extremely rare occurrence as snakes don’t view humans as a food source.
How Large Are Anacondas?
Anyone watching this video would want to know just how big these predators can get! After all, when we think of large snakes, our minds go to anacondas. And just how big does an anaconda have to be to be able to swallow another anaconda?
There are four species of anacondas, and as we can imagine, their sizes will change according to their species. The larger of the anaconda species can reach up to 16-18 feet in length and weigh as much as 330 pounds.
However, the largest anaconda ever recorded reached 33 feet long and weighed up to 800 pounds!
What Do Anacondas Eat?
As we can imagine, with their large size, they have a large appetite. Anacondas are carnivores and, as such, will eat various rodents, mammals, fish, and various reptiles. Some anacondas have even been known to attack a jaguar and caiman. And in the case of this video shown below, even other anacondas.
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