Snakes alive! Terrifying moment diver comes face to face with 23FT-LONG anaconda weighing in at 200lb
- Bartolomeo Bove travelled to the Formoso River in Brazil to swim with the snake
- The professional diver captures its eyes and it wags its tongue at the camera
- Green Anaconda is seven meters and 90kg and wake up from hibernation in July
Bartolomeo Bove went to Brazil in July
A diver has captured the spectacular moment he swam with the largest living snake, the Green Anaconda.
Bartolomeo Bove is a professional underwater videographer and travelled to the State of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil to dive in the Formoso River in July.
The camera scans across the seven-meter speckled snake who is lying on the river bed which stretches through the Brazillian Savannah, Cerrado, in the proximity of a city called Bonito.
It then jumps to a clip of the animal waving its tongue in the camera’s lens when Bartolomeo steals a peek of the reptile over the underwater plants.
The 90kg animal dips its head and slithers backwards and away from the filmer – while flashing his ivory white scaled stomach.
Bartolomeo is a professional underwater videographer and travelled to the Formoso River to meet the Green Anaconda, the largest living snake (pictured)
This is not enough to put Bartolomeo off as the video jumps to a moment where he lunges into the anaconda’s vision to grab a closer look at its face.
Its beady flame-coloured eyes stare into the camera and it waves its head into the air with the slim black tongue greeting the viewer.
The animal appears inquisitive as it tries to touch the camera with its nose in a clip from further away.
The videographer gets an overhead shot of the 90kg snake. The rivers and the bodies of water around the Bonito area are the only places in South America where Anacondas can be found in crystal clear waters
Photogenic: The reptile flashes its ivory-white stomach and lures the filmer in with its intense engagement with the camera
After seeming to have had enough attention from Bartolomeo, the reptile glides away into the murky turquoise sea and performs an almost U-turn with its body.
Another clip shows the lengths the videographer is willing to go to get his shots – with a couple of shots of him slowly moving alongside at the snake’s height and just skimming the sand below. Meanwhile another clip is filmed from above and captures the swerving snake.
Bove revealed that the rivers and the bodies of water around the Bonito area are the only places in South America where Anacondas can be found in crystal clear waters, and therefore diving with them is possible.
Thrill-seeker: Bartolomeo is willing to go the extra mile to get his shots by swimming alongside the anaconda and just skimming the sandy ground below. He experimented with different angles during his time with the snake
The clip provides a perfect shot of the anaconda’s patterned skin. This animal species wake up from hibernation between the end of July and beginning of August
They wake up from hibernation from the end of July to beginning of August which makes it the perfect time to dive with the majestic creature.
‘The river water temperature is 22-24 degrees year round and when during winter the air is generally cooler than the water the anacondas spend more time in the water.
‘As shown in the footage the anaconda swims calm and peaceful, completely indifferent to our presence, some times she comes closer curious about my camera licking the lens.’
Feeling the squeeze: How anacondas kill their prey
The green anaconda is the largest species of snake in the world – growing up to 30ft in length and weighing up to 550lbs. While reticulated pythons often grow longer than this, they only tend to weigh half as much.
Found in the jungles of South America, anacondas kill by wrapping their long bodies around their prey and then constricting with powerful muscles. As the prey exhales the anaconda’s muscles tighten, slowly restricting the prey’s lungs until it asphyxiates.
Like most snakes, the anaconda can unhinge its jaws and swallow prey larger than its own body. It will feed on a variety of large animals including pigs, deer, caiman, birds, fish, and large rodents such as capybara.
Green anacondas have been known to attack children, but most of these do not prove fatal, and there are no verified fatal attacks on adults.