New England Aquarium’s Anacondas Get Their Yearly Checkup
Meet Wilson, the New England Aquarium’s 12-foot, 55-pound anaconda. She is the smallest of her friends.
Wilson and her tankmates Marrion and Kathleen from the Aquarium’s Amazon exhibit had their yearly physical exams this week. Veterinarians conducted a thorough checkup of the ophidian friends, with just a few differences from one us humans might receive.
For example, the vets recorded the anacondas’ vital signs, drew their blood, and measured their weight and height—er, length. They also performed echocardiograms, ultrasounds, x-rays, and a cloacal wash—the equivalent of taking a stool sample.
While humans breathe between 12 and 20 times per minute due to their speedier metabolisms, reptiles like Wilson respirate just three times a minute. The resting pulse for an adult anaconda is 32 beats per minute, compared to 72 for people.
If any of the anacondas get a little uneasy with all the poking and prodding, the Aquarium says a little sedation “works wonders in anxious patients of whatever species!”