88sins wrote:Didn't somebody on tuner once say there are no anacondas here? so doh worry, daiz not a anaconda, is a spotted giant water worm
Up on that side has. When the contractors were clearing the e TecK Park at Wallerfield (not particularly far from the Aripo Livestock Station) back in 2005/06 thereabouts they found a pretty big one within there. I believe the herpetologist guy Sayeed was called in for that one. Not sure what they did with it.
dem ting here long time, & in places that would surprise you. I've seen them in the Arena dam area, Caroni swamp & river, Aranguez south & Laventille swamp. Basically anywhere there is a healthy caiman population you can find them, because that's their food source. But the caimans eat them too, especially the smaller ones.
shake d livin wake d dead wrote:Back in the day the older folks used to describe it as a "wheel, weel" or however u spell it
yup. French for oil. I suppose it's because when they in d water they kinda slippery & hard to hold on to. Or for the large amounts of fat the females have. Either which way they can be aggressive if bothered, so better to leave them alone if ever you encounter one.
Local Anaconda: Following the discovery of the "anaconda" (known locally as a "huille" - pronounced "wheel") at the Ministry's Livestock in Aripo.
Our main concern is that the Aripo Station is vast with large ponds and it also connects to neighbouring lands and rivers. The huille is likely to move about frequently and may find itself in danger with persons who may seek it out for sport or consumption (yes, some people consider it a delicacy). In the event it is practical and possible, and if the huille is seen again, the Ministry would consider relocating it to a different natural environment.
While at this time the huille poses no direct danger to the Ministry's employees or livestock, we must face the reality that there would be employees who feel uncomfortable knowing the huille has been sighted on the Aripo Livestock Station. We continue to monitor the issue.
The local anaconda is usually seen by farmers and hunters in Eastern and South Eastern/Icacos/Cedros areas in Trinidad