New Teacher – Green Anaconda
The Center for Snake Conservation prides ourselves on living up to our motto “Conservation Through Education” in all of our Science, Conservation, and Education programs. In particular, our Education programs bring live snakes anywhere we are asked (free of charge) to help change human perceptions about snakes. To do this we must maintain a teaching collection of snakes. Each “teacher” (snake) has a specific role in our programs and we look to adopt new snakes to expand our educational programs and what we can teach. We try to maintain a diversity of snakes so we can tailor our programs to any agenda which furthers our mission to educate and conserve snakes.
So…meet our new teacher – a Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus). Green Anacondas are the heaviest snake in the world reaching weights up to 400lbs. These snakes are also the second longest snake in the word reaching lengths over 20 feet. Our new teacher will visit classrooms, scout groups, civil groups, and other venues to educate people about the world’s giant snakes: where they live; how they live; what they eat; and other amazing details of their lives. We will need a name for this snake once it has become acclimated to our human educators and we learn its personality.
This new teacher made her first appearance last Saturady night at the Estes Campground at East Portal just outside Rocky Mountain National Park where a group of 40 kids and adults got to meet her up close and personal. She behaved beautifully after a quick nip (bite) on my wrist but I intentionally wore long sleeves to avoid a messy (bloody) interaction. With time, we anticipate these nips will stop and she will become a model teacher for our programs. We may never fully trust her to be close to our visitors but she can definitely still bring a conservation message to all of our programs.
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Here are some photos of our new teacher taken with me. She was a bit defensive during the photo shoot (see how she is looking at me trying to figure out if I mean her harm) but regardless of this, she is gorgeous!
Have you ever heard the song Green Anaconda? We highly recommend it for kids of all ages (even the big ones). The link below will take you to a YouTube version of the song. You will be happy you did.