The Green Anaconda of the Icacos Lagoon

Are Anacondas as scary as the movies make them out to be? The answer might surprise you! These snakes are the largest in the world by weight..sometimes reaching up to 1,100 lbs! They usually grow to be about 17ft long but snakes as large as 36ft have been found! That is a whole lot of snake! 
Anacondas prefer to live in swampy areas, as they are just as comfortable in the water as on the land. The Icacos lagoon, in South Western Trinidad, with its rich variety of wildlife and swampy conditions is the perfect home for the green anaconda, though they have also been found in places like Caroni with its marshy wetlands. 
Unlike what you see in the movies, these snakes are not usually aggressive.  They would much rather get as far away from you as possible and hide! Snakes are a very important part of our ecosystem as some of their favourite foods are vermin like rats! So please don’t harm them if you see them!
How would you like to make your own anaconda? Gather up your craft supplies and join Auntie Sharon and Ryan for our craft session! We are going to make stripey blue Dairy Dairy Anacondas!  Give our page some likes if you’re having lots of fun!
What you will need:
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Strong Glue or Glue Gun
  • Cardboard 
  • Small piece of Red Felt or Ribbon
  • Knee High Tube Sock (any colour) 
  • Plastic Bags

  • Get a long tube sock
  • Tuck in the “foot” of the sock to create a mouth
  • Cut a small strip of red fabric or use a ribbon to make a tongue and glue it into the snakes mouth
  • Draw two eyes for your snake and cut them out and glue them on (or use Google eyes)
  • Stuff your snake using old plastic bags, rice or beans..whatever is easier for you.
  • Glue or sew shut the open end of the snake
  • If you don’t want to stuff your snake he can also be used as a puppet