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Shawn Heflick’s favorite snakes

In this video, biologist Shawn Heflick tells us about the anaconda, one of his favorite snakes. This green snake with dark markings grows to more than 25 feet and is right at home in the water. A native the Amazon River Basin, it feeds on caimans, small tapirs and capybaras, large water rodents. Like all constrictors, the anaconda bites its prey and coils around it, tightening the grip each the animal exhales, suffocating it. The snake extends its flexible jaw and swallows its victim whole, head first.

To find out about some of Shawn’s other favorite snakes, check out his article in the August 2011 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.

27 Comments on Shawn Heflick’s favorite snakes

  1. cool

  2. incredible enough said.

  3. amazing

  4. i wish i could have a pet snake

  5. I like the king cobra

  6. Big snake

  7. boyslife boy // April 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm // Reply

    ive held a python about the sise of that in the mountains.

  8. my favorite snake is the eyelash viper

  9. i acidntely picked up a cotton mouth last year !
    I LOVE snakes ,every summer I pick up at least 9 snakes

  10. DID YOU WACH THE SHOW HE IS IN ?

  11. Minecraft man // February 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm // Reply

    He’s Crazy!!! I would not let it go just like that!!!

  12. cool snake i want to know too whats the white snakes name,it looks too cool.

  13. thats beast

  14. woah he’s so comfortable with it!!

  15. Snake lover // August 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm // Reply

    i liked it

  16. Please tell us more about the white snake. I traveled to the National Zoo and the Baltimore Aquarium to find out what it is. A gentleman at the aquarium thought it was a lucite retickulated python. But I could not find one on the internet.
    Thank you.

  17. I like Cobras as well as boe constricters

  18. We also would like to know about the white snake.

  19. I love it

  20. Yes, please tell us what kind of snake that is on page 14!!!

  21. i LOOVE snakes. when i went to get the mail, and saw my little brothers boys life magazine had a snake on he cover, i didn’t even give it to him! i read the article first! you are so awesome! thats what i want to do when i grow up!

  22. Please tell us what kind of snake is the white one in the photo on page 14 of the current magazine
    Thanks!

  23. Huge snake. I enjoyed your video.

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