It’s official – the reptile capture at Bathway on the weekend is a juvenile Green Anaconda snake.
The confirmation has come from officials attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and St George’s University (SGU).
Since the capture of the two-year-old reptile, the alleged owner, Shameel Stephen has admitted on his Facebook page that the snake is a pet that belongs to him and that it escaped over a year ago.
The 8 ft reptile captured by a group of fishermen in the Bathway area last week Friday evening.
It was taken to the Grenville Police Station where it was placed in a cage and subsequently transferred to SGU.
The Green Anaconda is presently housed at the SGU for further observation.
Associate Dean, Arts and Science at SGU, Dr Andrew Easter-Pilcher, told The New Today that the importation of foreign invasive predatory species could be dangerous to Grenada’s unique species such as the iguanas.
As a matter of fact, the snake that was captured had just consumed two iguanas.
According to national geographic, the green anaconda is a member of the boa family, and is the largest snake in the world. Green anacondas can grow to more than 29 feet (8.8 meters), weigh more than 550 pounds (227 kilograms), and measure more than 12 inches (30 centimeters) in diameter.
Females are significantly larger than males.
Anacondas usually live in swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams, mainly in the tropical rain forests of the Amazon and Orinoco basins.
The snakes have been described as non-venomous constrictors, coiling their muscular bodies around captured prey and squeezing until the animal asphyxiates.
Their lifespan in the wild is about ten years.