Have you ever wondered how long a snake can live for? Well, Annie the Anaconda holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest snake in captivity. She turns 38 today which is quite phenomenal. What is even more awesome about Annie is that you can find her at the Montecasino Bird Gardens.
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I spoke to Annie’s curator, Jessica, to find out more about this gorgeous old lady (Just to clarify, 38 is old for a snake).
Jessica shared with me that they offer food to her once a month, but she usually only eats once every 2 or 3 months (definitely more cost effective than feeding a human being!). Unlike us humans, Annie becomes slightly more active once she starts to feel hungry. Annie is an impressive 5 meters long and weighs about 60kg… now that is one hefty reptile. She is described as a calm and sweet snake to care for.
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Contrary to many other animals who spend their life in captivity, Jessica reckons that Annie would be able to survive out in the wild. It is incredible that a snake of this enormity and age would be able to fend for themselves. This just goes to show how amazing Annie is.
I asked Jessica if they were doing anything special for her birthday because this is a pretty big milestone for Annie. Unfortunately, the gardens are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 regulations, but I have no doubt that she would love some belated birthday visitors once they reopen. The resident reptile is located inside the large walk-through aviary. You can walk along the pond whilst admiring over 60 different species of birds and small mammals. There is a door at the end of the reptile enclosures that has a sign saying ‘Fierce Creatures’ on it. All the venomous snakes are in this room (definitely not a place for the faint-hearted!) and Annie is in the back… chilling in her large enclosure.
Annie is a jaw-droppingly beautiful (and big) snake who is breaking world records! Aren’t we so lucky that she lives just down the road from us? We can visit a world record holder whenever we’d like (barring COVID-19 regulations, of course).