Anaconda vs Mongoose (Facts About Anacondas)

anaconda vs mongoose

Anaconda and mongoose both are different animals who belong to two different families. While the anacondas come from the boa family, the mongoose comes from the Herpestidae family. It would be interesting to watch who would win in a fight between an anaconda and a mongoose. But before that, we will discuss the features, habitat, and various other facts of these two animals. 

What Does an Anaconda Look Like?

Anacondas are semi-aquatic animals that are endemic to South America. With its different species, these snakes vary in coloration, the green anaconda is typically some shade of brownish-green, olive, or grayish green color and patterned with egg-shaped black spots. The Bolivian anaconda is much similar to the green anaconda. At the same time, the yellow anaconda has a pattern of the saddle, places, and streaks, which is generally black or brown with the yellow, golden, or greenish-yellow background. The dark-spotted anaconda is similar to the yellow anaconda with brown large dark spots. 

Where Does Anaconda Live?

The anacondas prefer to live over a vast area of tropical rivers and swamps in South America and east of the Andes. 

How Many Species of Anacondas are There?

There are four species of anacondas-

  • The green anaconda
  • The yellow anaconda
  • The dark-spotted anaconda
  • The Bolivian anaconda

What is the Size of the Anaconda?

The green anaconda is the most giant and second-longest snake, which can reach a length of 30 feet, weigh up to 550 pounds, and measure around 12 inches in diameter. At the same time, the yellow anaconda can grow from 10.8 feet to 14.4 feet in length.

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What Does Anaconda Eat?

Anacondas can hunt both on land, and in water, their diet includes birds, reptiles, and mammals. They can also eat mice, wild pigs, deer, iguanas, turtles, and even jaguars. Anacondas have sharp needle-like teeth that they do not chew food, but for gripping the prey so that the anaconda can wrap its coils around the victim.

How Fast is an Anaconda?

While on land, anaconda can reach a speed of 5 miles per hour, and in water, they can maintain a rate of 10 miles per hour.

Anaconda Reproduction:

Before mating, anacondas perform courtship that lasts for several weeks during the spring season. The female leaves a scent trail to attract males, but she can also develop some chemical signals. Anacondas, sometimes clutch in a breeding ball that may consist of 2 to 12 males coiled around a female and stays like this for four weeks. Females can mate with several males during the season. The interesting fact about these snakes is that they produce eggs, but incubate them internally. The reason behind this could be their habitat as external incubation would probably drown or dry out the eggs. Female anacondas do not eat during their pregnancy, as hunting may risk their offspring’s life. The female can deliver around 30 young anacondas.

Facts About Anacondas: 

  • Anacondas prefer to live near water and spend a large part in the pool.
  • These snakes are excellent swimmers and divers; their eyes and nasal openings are on the top of their heads.
  • They can stay underwater for as long as 10 minutes without coming to the surface.
  • Anaconda kills its prey by coiling its muscular body around the creatures and squeezing until the animal can breathe no longer.
  • Humans are the most dangerous predators of anacondas. 
  • The giant anaconda is a mythical snake that can be found in South America.

How Long Do Anacondas Live?

In the wild, anacondas can live for ten years while in captivity they can survive for up to 30 years.

Are Anacondas Endangered?

Anacondas are not endangered, but their population decreases because they are legally and illegally hunt for their skin. 

What Does a Mongoose Look Like?

Mongoose is weasel-looking creatures with long-shaped faces and bodies, short legs, and little round ears. They have brown or gray fur, although many species have striped coats or ringed tails. 

Where Does Mongoose Live?

Mongoose is native to Africa, and its population covers most of the continents. Some species can be seen in southern Asia, while some are introduced in the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands. Mongoose lives in burrows made of complex systems of tunnels. 

How Many Species of Mongoose are There?

There are around 39 species of mongoose.

What is the Size of the Mongoose?

The largest mongoose species are the white-tailed mongoose that reaches from 21 to 28 inches from head to body length, and their tail adds another 16 to 19 inches. They weigh around 11 pounds. On the other hand, the smallest species is the common dwarf mongoose that grows from 18 to 28 centimeters in length and weighs about 210 to 350 grams. 

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What Does Mongoose Eat?

Mongoose is carnivorous and feeds on insects, crabs, earthworms, lizards, rodents, snakes, and other small creatures. However, these mammals can also feed on eggs and carrion. 

How Fast Can a Mongoose Run?

The top speed of mongoose is 20 miles per hour.

Mongoose Reproduction:

When mongoose is ready to mate, they produce a high-pitched sound known as giggling. The gestation period in female mongoose is 42 to 105 days, after which she delivers one to six offspring. The baby mongoose tends to spend most of its time playing while the adults forage in the pack. 

Facts About Mongoose:

  • Some of the mongoose species live solitary while some others live in groups consisting of around 50 members.
  • Mongoose is active during the day and rests at night.
  • These creatures have an excellent sense of smell, hearing, and sight.
  • They have horizontal pupils.
  • The meerkat is a mongoose species.
  • The Indian grey mongoose can fight and kill venomous snakes.
  • Hawks, storks, and jackals are the main predators of mongoose.
  • In many cultures, mongoose has some significant importance.

How Long Does Mongoose Live?

The average lifespan of mongoose in the wild is from 6 to 10 years, while in captivity they can survive up to 20 years.

Are Mongoose Endangered?

Under the IUCN, most of the mongoose species are listed as threatened, but are not extinct or endangered.

Mongoose vs Anaconda Fight: 

In a battle between an anaconda and mongoose, anaconda has better chances of winning. The anaconda is the largest and the strongest animal. It can quickly bring down the mongoose to death. However, the mongoose is also known to take the venom of snakes because of their thick skin. It is still challenging to decide who would win, but alligators have more chances of winning. 

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