Alipore: Good News for kolkatans that the only zoo – Alipore Zoo in the city set to ready to have four yellow anacondas.
The yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus) is a non-venomous boa species found in the southern regions of South America, including Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, southwestern Brazil and northeastern Argentina.
There are no subspecies are currently recognized by scientists. They are also known by other common names such as Sucuri Amarela (in Brasil) and Paraguayan Anaconda.
The yellow anaconda prefers mostly aquatic habitats, these include marshlands, swamps or the banks of slow-moving rivers and streams, but they are also found in forests searching for larger prey.
The non-venomous snakes will be brought from the Madras Crocodile Bank and Centre for Herpetology in Mamallapuram, 58km from Chennai.
The average length of an yellow anaconda is around 3m, half the size of green anacondas, which are one of the largest snakes in the world and can measure anything between six and nine metres.
The enclosure at the zoo is being built around a three-feet- deep water body. The snakes will feast on small rats and fish.