Daring Swiss diver Franco Banfi recently trekked to the Mato Grosso region of Brazil to shoot these insane close-ups of a massive anaconda snake in its natural habitat. Banfi is a snake enthusiast and can be seen braving it, swimming with a 26-foot anaconda just to get pictures of the slithery beast.
The 53 year-old explorer is a passionate snake lover, saying this of his super-close encounter with the cold blooded reptile. “I have never been so close to a snake like this before. But I think a small poisonous snake is more scary than a big one. At least you can see the anacondas clearly and know what they’re doing.”
Banfi along with his team visited the region for more than week and were able to find a few of these enormous snakes. Luckily for the group, one particular anaconda had just eaten a capybara rodent, and being contentedly satiated, was inactive while resting.
Banifi recalls the encounter,
“As the snake had just eaten it didn’t take much interest in us. Everything is possible but I don’t think it would have eaten us. I was very close, I could have touched it if I wanted to. At the first moment it’s scary because you don’t know the animal and everybody says it’s dangerous, but after a while you understand that nothing happens if you respect the snake.”
The anaconda is the largest snake in the world. It is also known as the Water Boa. Anacondas are non-venomous snakes found in tropical South America. This giant, semi-aquatic carnivore lives in swampy areas of warm tropical climate. Although the name ‘anaconda’ refers to a group of snakes, it is often used to refer to one species in particular, which is the green anaconda, Eunectes murinus, one of the biggest snakes on the planet. It is often found in shallow water, hiding from unsuspicious prey. Anacondas are relatives of the boa constrictors.
See Banfi’s other underwater adventures here.