As you know, anacondas are huge non-venomous snakes that are perfectly at home in and out of water.
These snakes can grow to as log as 30 feet in length and about 55o lbs. They are fast movers and are able to unhinge their jaws to swallow prey much larger then themselves. They kill their prey by wrapping their bodies around their prey and squeezing their prey to death.
Anacondas typically live in murky streams, marshes, swamps and wetlands. From the end of July through the beginning of August is when they typically awaken from hibernation. Therefore, this is the time-frame when it is ideal to go diving to get to know them, that is , if it interests you.
The Formoso River in Brazil has crystal clear water and is the only place worldwide where you can dive with anaconda.
Two friends, Bartolomeo Bove and Juca Ygarape, were diving the Formoso River and came across a seven foot green anaconda believed to weugh around 198 lbs.
In the video, the snake lies in the river bed, and once it sees the camera, it inspects it, flicks its tongue and swims away. Bove, a professional shark diver, and underwater videographer, followed it to get more footage of it.
The video he filmed offers an amazing opportunity to get to know the giant snake better. Bove claims that they are often misunderstood in terms of being aggressive.
“The rivers and the bodies of water around the Bonito area are the only places in South America here anacondas can be found in crystal clear waters, and therefore diving with them is possible.
As shown in the footage, the anaconda swims calm and peaceful completely indifferent to our presence. Sometimes she comes closer, curious about my camera, licking the lens.
The behavior of the anaconda debunks the myth that it is an aggressive and violent creature that can endanger people’s lives.”
Jeremy Wade has an encounter with a 20 foot Anaconda in an episode of “River Monsters”. You can see a preview of the episode below. He always seems so calm though.
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