31 July 2015 - At the ripe old age of 32, Annie, the Montecasino Bird Gardens green anaconda, has slithered her way into the record books.
JOHANNESBURG - A slippery creature celebrated a special birthday on Friday.
At the ripe old age of 32, Annie, the Montecasino Bird Gardens’ green anaconda, has slithered her way into the record books.
Annie is the world’s oldest female green anaconda in captivity. In the wild, she&39;d only survive about 10 years.
Chris Cook, reptiles curator says, "The truth is we don’t know how long she will live, I’m hoping she sticks it out to 40."
Anacondas aren&39;t poisonous, but weighing in at nearly 43-kilograms and 4.4-metres in length, Annie is definitely imposing.
Despite the bad rep snakes get, Annie&39;s handler has nothing but praise for his slithery friend.
"She’s been at the bird garden for 13 years, she’s a lovely snake, totally unaggressive. We can work around her.”
It may be her birthday but Annie isn&39;t interested in cake. She prefers rabbits and chickens - but mostly chickens. Four at a time and whole.
Only three other green anacondas in captivity are older than Annie - and they are males.