Staff and volunteers work hard to ensure all of the animals at the New England Aquarium are well taken care of. We provide the right food and nutrients, habitat and enrichment opportunities to make sure everyone is healthy. This also means trips to the veterinarian for small and big animals alike. This includes our anacondas!
|Checking heart rate|
Every year or two, we remove our three large green anacondas from their exhibit and head upstairs to our Animal Health department. We lightly sedate the animals for easy handling, maneuvering and for human and animal safety. Once the snakes are comfortable, our veterinarian begins a thorough physical exam to ensure the snakes are growing properly and to identify any potential health issues early.
New Year’s Day 2008. Now they weigh in at over 65 pounds and are over 11 feet long. But they are not the largest snake in the exhibit. That’s our oldest anaconda Kathleen, who weighs in at 101 pounds and is 13.5 feet long!
|Radiograph of Wilson's head|
The snakes were then moved to a holding tank once their exams were finished so they could fully recover and slowly wake up from the sedation. They were then returned to the exhibit the next day with no issues. We can now say our anacondas are in good health and, until their next exam, you can see these amazing animals on exhibit in the Freshwater gallery.