An important feature of a living organism is that it breeds. It gives birth to young ones like itself. Because of this, they protect themselves from extinction and breed from one era to the next.
Most believe that since an anaconda is a reptile, it lays eggs. That’s it. But that is not the case with the anacondas. Unlike most of the egg-laying reptiles, an anaconda is a viviparous reptile. It gives birth to live offspring. It breeds heavily and at one go can give birth to two to three dozen young ones or even more at a time.
Like all snakes, anacondas reproduce sexually. The courtship between the male and the female anacondas lasts for more than two months that usually starts during the months of April and May. After the completion of the courtship the fertilization of the eggs occurs within the body of the female anaconda.
Courting and mating of anacondas occurs in the water. To lure the males, the female lays down a trail of pheromone or releases a kind of a stimulant in the air. In this manner the female attracts the males towards her. During the breeding process, twelve males group together with one female in a kind of a sphere, known as a breeding ball.
When observed from afar, the breeding ball moves all the time like a huge leather ball that’s being pushed and pumped. Actually, what’s happening is that, each male fight with the other males so as to mate with the female. This slow motion fight amongst the males can last from two to four weeks. This depends on the female as she is the larger and stronger of all the anacondas in that breeding group.
To arouse and mate with the female, the males use their spurs. During mating, they press their cloacal parts aggressively against the body of the female. In the meantime, they continuously make use of their spurs to scratch the female. The climax of their copulation occurs when the female raises her cloacal part, hence allowing the cloacae of the two to move together. After mating, the female is pregnant for 6 months.
After 6 months, the female gives birth to live anacondas. The female loses almost half her weight post-pregnancy. The new-born anacondas are called neonates. At birth they are 70-80 cm but they grow rapidly. They become sexually matured within the first few years, following which their growth slows down.
Reality being, this fascinating reptile can now be seen on zoo’s and even on animal centers in some parts of our world. For some countries is just another exotic pet if you watch many of the online pictures. Even clueless children at some countries play with such young anacondas in South America.
However, do let me remind you that there’s a wide difference between a Hollywood snakes across Jennifer Lopez beautiful portrayed Hollywood body, and the realistic views of an anaconda snake at close encounter – right? Be sure to keep doing your diligence in such a wonderful creature, you may love what you see on popular websites online.