We all are afraid of the name “Anaconda”. For many, these big and threatening snakes are a real nightmare.

They can stay underwater and swim with the dark green colored body submerged and the head above the murky waters even though they are not venomous.  

Two people met with this giant reptile while diving in the Formoso River in Brazil.

Marshes, swamps and murky streams in South America are the places where Anacondas live. There is crystal clear water in the Formoso River in Brazil and it is the only place in the world where people can dive with these huge predators.

You can dive and get to know these majestic creatures better when these huge snakes wake up from hibernation from the end of July to the beginning of August.

The river water temperature is 22-24 degrees year-round.  Anacondas spend more time in the water as the air is generally cooler than the water during the winter.

Bartolomeo Bove and Juca Ygarape met a giant green anaconda, measuring 23 foot (7m) and weighing in around 198 lbs. (90 Kgs)

The snake lies in the river bed freely and once it sees the camera, it inspects it, flicks its tongue and swims away. Bove, a professional shark diver, and underwater videographer wanted to get more footage of it and followed it.

You can get to know the giant snake better with the video he filmed. Bove claims that they are often misunderstood in terms of being aggressive.

He explains:

 “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.”

The biggest species of snake in the world is the green anaconda and it grows up to 30ft long (9.1 meters) and weighs 550 lbs (250 Kg). They have the ability to move really fast. They kill their prey by constricting its breathing, wrapping their powerful bodies around the prey.

They can swallow preys much larger than themselves as they can unhinge their jaws. They hunt for local wildlife like capybaras, wild pigs, birds, turtles and sometimes jaguars.

According to Bove, this will reveal another side of the magnificent reptile. He also explained his experience as unbelievable:

 “No words can do justice to the sensations that I was really feeling during that experience.” 

Here is the video captured by Bove:

sources used: dailymail.co.uk / thedodo.com

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