While in the Brazilian region of Mato Grasso, Swiss diver Franco Banfi captured some amazing pictures of the biggest snake in the world, the anaconda. Even more amazing were the underwater shots that he was able to take of this beautiful creature in her natural habitat. The snake was eight (8m) meters in length and had recently dined on capybaras. Because the snake had recently eaten, it was of no harm to Banfi, at least as long as he did not pose a threat. This did not put the 53-year-old diver at ease and he recalls being scared for much of the dive. He has never been so close to a snake of this size.
Anacondas are the world’s largest modern snakes and average about 5.6 meters but can reach 8-9 meters. The largest known giant anaconda is about 9 meters and a weighs about 130 kg and resides at the New York Zoological Society. The main body color anaconda – gray-green, with two rows of large brown spots round or oblong shape, alternating in a checkerboard pattern. Females are much larger and stronger than the males. Anaconda inhabits all tropical parts of South America east of the Andes: Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, eastern, northern Bolivia, northeast Peru, Guyana, French Guiana, and the island of Trinidad. Anaconda eats a variety of mammals including tapirs, peccaries, agoutis, capybaras, etc. Like all boas, anaconda wait for prey, and when close enough grab with lightning speed and the strangling rings encircling the body. They do not crush the prey but squeeze the breath out of the catch until the die from suffocation. They then swallow the prey whole by stretching with mouth and throat.