The largest snake in our planet is the Anaconda, and it became a sensation when the movie was filmed about it. Snakes are not “sweet little creatures”, for most people they are scary, and for the right reason as their bite can kill you.
Not all snakes are venomous, but, nonetheless, people are scared of them. Anaconda is not venomous as well, just that is huge and that can be very scary.
The green anaconda can grow up to 30ft long (9.1 meters) and weight 550 lbs (250 Kg). It moves really fast and kills its prey by wrapping its powerful body around the prey and thus constricting its breathing. It can swallow preys that are significantly larger than itself like wild pigs, capybaras, birds, turtles, and even jaguars.
Anaconda stays underwater and commonly lives in marshes, swamps and murky streams in South America. Her dark green colored body is usually submerged in the water with the head above the murky waters that makes her look very threatening.
She can be also found in clean waters like in Formoso River in Brazil, and that is the only place in the world where people can dive with these huge predators.
Two divers, Bartolomeo Bove and Juca Ygarape, were diving in the Formoso River in Brazil, and managed to film this amazing creature and thus break the myth for its being extremely dangerous.
The anaconda is in hibernation most of the year, but it wakes up from the end of July to the beginning of August, and that is the period where people can see it.
The Formoso River is with water temperature of 22 to 24 degrees during the whole year. However, during winter time the air is cooler than the water and that keeps the anaconda more submerged in the water.
Our divers who provided us with the video encountered a giant green anaconda, measuring 23 foot (7m) and weighing about 198 lbs. (90 Kgs). The anaconda was lying in the river bed, and when it detected the camera, it inspected it, tasted it by flicking its tongue and after finding there is nothing to it, it swam away. Bartolomeo Bove, who is a professional shark diver, and underwater videographer, wanted to get more footage of this snake and followed it. His video allowed for the other people to see anaconda more closely and understand this creature better. Bove believes that the anaconda has been mystified in terms of being very aggressive creature.
Here it is how he saw it:
“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.”
This video will show to the other people that this creature is just a part of Nature, and in its natural habitat is just one link in the magnificent animal world.
“No words can do justice to the sensations that I was really feeling during that experience.”
Check the video below and see another aspect of this giant reptile: