Big snake in Peru - level 3
Residents in the Peruvian Amazon made a surprising discovery on the edge of River Momon in Iquitos this week. The anaconda they caught was unusually large, measuring in at 16 feet. That's five metres long.
The men found the snake resting after it had eaten an animal. Lots of snakes are aggressive after eating, but this one appeared to be relatively docile, probably because its meal had been so large.
After catching it, the residents killed the reptile and posed with it for photographs.
Anacondas are the biggest snakes in the world. They're nonvenomous and kill their prey by asphyxiation. They live near rivers and other bodies of water in tropical South America. The largest anaconda ever measured was almost 28 feet long (8.4 metres).
Difficult words: docile (calm), reptile (cold-blooded animal), nonvenomous (not poisonous), prey (animal killed and eaten by another animal), asphyxiation (killing by not allowing someone/something to breathe).
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