Zookeeper moves an antisocial anaconda

Zookeeper Justin Miller recently helped move a 16-foot anaconda from its old exhibit to a new one in the San Francisco Zoo’s South American Tropical Forest building.

Can you describe the anaconda you moved? His name is Oliver and he’s a 15-foot green anaconda male. He weighs in just under 160 pounds, so he’s large.

How long has the zoo had him?
He came to the zoo in October of 2000. He was born roughly 1984.

Is he going to get any bigger? Snakes don’t stop growing ever, they just slow down. As far as male anacondas go, he’s pushing the limit on how big you really see them. Females can get over 20 feet, though.

Why did you need to move him? We needed to move the anaconda because we’re reopening the historical aviary building.

Does Oliver have much of a personality?
Most anacondas, they’re not real handle-able animals. They’re not pets. I wouldn’t exactly call them grumpy, but they’re antisocial.

How does he like his new exhibit? When we first put him in he stretched out, and he seems to be finding the good spots. He seems to be settling in really well.

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