A giant anaconda, about 23 feet long, surprised two divers after being seen sliding through the tall grass on a bank of the river within easy reach of the men.
The video shows the long snake wiggling through the undergrowth along the Formoso River in Bonito, in the south-central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, on the border of Paraguay and Bolivia.
One of the divers, Daniel Alexandre Rodrigues, who was with a friend and tour guide, said the animal was around seven meters long (23 feet).
Video of the incident shows one of the men coming face to face with the snake.
Rodrigues, from Rio de Janeiro, told Brazilian newspaper G1 that the meeting was terrifying and “like something from the movie. The Anaconda. “
But he added that it was an impressive animal and that he and his friend had “been very lucky to witness this spectacle of nature up close.”
Rodrigues filmed his interaction with the snake earlier in June, but did not post the video on social media until Thursday.
The area is known to be home to anacondas, and river divers often go there hoping to see and film the animals.
Biologist Daniel De Granville, who works with some of those who make the trip to see the region’s vast array of wildlife, told G1: “I make it very clear to photographers that they are not to come near. too close to the anacondas, let alone touch them. If the animal feels uncomfortable, the expedition ends at that point. “
In 2020, snake hunters captured a huge Burmese python in Florida, believed to be the largest specimen of an invasive species ever captured in the state.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said the snake was 18 feet 9 inches long, a record for the Sunshine State.
The largest Burmese python captured in Florida was slightly smaller, measuring 18 feet, 8 inches. This snake was captured in 2013.
Burmese pythons, native to Southeast Asia, are an invasive species in Florida, where they established themselves in the southern part of the state about 20 years ago. They are believed to have gained a foothold after pythons were kept as exotic pets were released or escaped.
In 2014, an Australian woman who woke up to find a snake trying to eat her had to reach inside the animal’s jaw to pull out its buttock teeth to escape the attack.
The snake, a 12-foot-long bushy python (Simalia amethistina) weighing 10 pounds, had headed for the woman’s house from the nearby forest.