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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.

Comments about “Shawn Heflick’s favorite snakes”

  1. The Bible says:


  2. lukeo says:

    incredible enough said.

  3. awesome says:


  4. viperman says:

    i wish i could have a pet snake

  5. ejd045 says:

    I like the king cobra

  6. Phil says:

    Big snake

  7. boyslife boy says:

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

  8. Anonymous says:

    my favorite snake is the eyelash viper

  9. snake guy says:

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

  10. crash says:


  11. Minecraft man says:

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

  12. dragon says:

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

  13. #1 dude says:

    thats beast

  14. xyz says:

    woah he’s so comfortable with it!!

  15. Snake lover says:

    i liked it

  16. webhmom says:

    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. YOYO says:

    I like Cobras as well as boe constricters

  18. Anonymous says:

    We also would like to know about the white snake.

  19. :) says:

    I love it

  20. me too says:

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

  21. herpsrok2 says:

    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. wondering says:

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

  23. amhillam says:

    Huge snake. I enjoyed your video.

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