Extreme Underwater photographer Franco Banfi from Switzerland risked life for the sake exclusive material and sank to the bottom of the Amazon River in Brazil, to swim with giant anacondas.
Traveller spent 10 days in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, during which he was able to capture on camera the six species of anaconda. the largest of all existing snakes.
The photographer managed to make great photos directly anaconda in its natural habitat, under the water.
Huge predator calmly led his usual life, swimming in the murky waters of the river, or basking in the sun after a meal, not paying attention to too emboldened man with a camera.
«Of course, anything is possible, but I do not think that it would have eaten me. Fortunately just swallowed his next prey, and did not look after my second dish for me, the anaconda. I was so close to her that he could touch if he wanted to, of course». – said 53-year-old photographer
Anaconda is almost completely aquatic lifestyle. She kept quiet, of oblong bayous, creeks, oxbow lakes and small lakes of the Amazon and Orinoco basin.
An adult anaconda in nature are practically no enemies.
«At first it was very scary because I had never before so close did not approach snakes, everyone knows that they are very dangerous. But I realized that nothing would happen, if with respect to these creatures. At least, they are big and can observe their reaction and behavior». – said Franco.
Currently, the largest known giant anaconda has a length of about 9 meters and a weight of about 130 kg, it is in the New York Zoological Society.
The main body color anaconda – gray-green with two rows of large brown spots round or oblong, alternating in a checkerboard pattern. On the sides of the body there is a row of yellow spots smaller, surrounded by black rings. This effectively hides the color of the snake when she hides in calm water, covered with brown leaves and algae beams. Females are much larger and stronger than the males.
Anaconda occupies the entire tropical part of South America east of the Andes: Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, eastern Paraguay, northern Bolivia, northeast Peru, Guyana, French Guiana, as well as the island of Trinidad.
Due to the inaccessibility of the anaconda habitat scientist is difficult to estimate its size and follow the dynamics of the population.
In zoos the world anacondas are many, but they take root in captivity is quite difficult.
The maximum lifetime anaconda in the terrarium – 28 years, but generally in captivity, these snakes live 5-6 years.
It feeds on a variety of mammals anaconda, trapping them in the water. She catches tapirs, peccaries, agoutis, capybaras. Not just a case where the anaconda devouring even the jaguar. For lunch anaconda often fall waterfowl, small caimans, turtles, and snakes – at least at the zoo once anaconda strangled and ate a 2.5-meter python.
Like all boas, the anaconda still waiting for prey, and when she comes near miss her lightning cast and choking, throwing his ring body (contrary to popular belief, the anaconda, like other boas, not crushes the victim and does not break her bones, and compresses it, and not It gives breath, and she dies of suffocation). Like all without exception, snake, anaconda swallows prey whole, strongly stretching with mouth and throat.
Despite the fact that there is only one authentic case of human death from the attack of the snake, the anaconda gained fame “eaters” of people largely due to Hollywood films-thrillers.
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