Swiss adventurer Franco Banfi came face to face with a twenty six foot anaconda while scuba diving in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
These incredible photos below show a giant anaconda searching for it’s next meal in the murky waters of the Amazon. These images were captured by professional photographer, scuba diver and snake enthusiast Franco Banfi.
The 53 year old adventurer bravely joined these underwater beasts in their natural habitat armed only with a camera.
They could have turned on Franco at any moment but luckily for him they had not long eaten so left him alone.
During a ten day vacation to Mato Grosso, Brazil Franco encountered six different female anaconda snakes. It was a trip of a lifetime and something this snake enthusiast will never forget.
This region of the Amazon is famous for its diverse natural beauty, thousands of visitors come here every year to explore. The name literally means ‘Thick Forest of the South’ and it’s easy to see why.
These giant snakes are the largest and heaviest in the world and can only be found in the tropical rainforests, lakes and swamps of South America.
They can grow to around 30 feet but despite their giant size its hard to spot them in the murky waters.
Anacondas are able to stay under water for 10 minutes at a time and only need to poke their nostrils out of the water for air before diving again.
Anacondas are nocturnal creatures so its rare to encounter them while diving in the Amazon. They usually only eat rodents, birds and fish but the larger ones can eat calfes, big cats, dogs and even man.
Once they have devoured a large meal they will not need to feast again for several weeks.
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Original Source: Daily Mail