For the most part, the average American gets freaked out when they unexpectedly come across a black rat snake, which aren’t venomous or even really all that dangerous at all.
Okay, okay, maybe that’s just me… but imagine accidentally stepping on one that was hidden in the grass while you were playing golf at only 12-years-old? That stuff will scar you for life.
With that being said, it’s impossible for me to imagine the types of creatures that lurk in the jungles and rivers of the Amazon.
For example, the anaconda.
“Anaconda” is generally used to refer to various species of large, non-venomous snakes found in South America. The most well-known species is the green anaconda, which is the largest snake in the world by weight, reaching up to 550 pounds and lengths of up to 30 feet.
Anacondas are constrictors, meaning that they wrap their muscular bodies around their prey and squeeze them until they suffocate. They feed primarily on aquatic animals, such as fish, turtles, and caimans, but have also been known to take down larger prey such as deer and wild pigs.
Anacondas are generally found near water sources such as rivers, swamps, and marshes, and are excellent swimmers, able to stay submerged for up to 10 minutes. They are also known for their ability to blend into their surroundings, thanks to their greenish-brown coloration and pattern of black spots and markings along their body.
Although anacondas are not typically aggressive towards humans, they can be dangerous to humans in the rare event that they do attack. Due to the sheer size and strength of the snake, attacks on humans can be fatal, although it is extremely uncommon. Anacondas are also hunted for their skin and meat, and as a result, some species are considered threatened or endangered.
However, here is an instance where one became aggressive.
One of these massive serpents of the deep came out of nowhere, jumped out of the water, and bit a fishing guide in Brazil, according to Jam Press via the New York Post.
Heart pounding video captured the whole moment.
The fishing guide had reportedly noticed the massive snake while guiding a number of tourists on the Araguaia River in Goias, located in Central Brazil.
38-year-old fishing guide Joao Severino was the one who captured the encounter on film, and told Jam Press:
“When I was filming the anaconda, she pulled away and I saw that she was about to strike.
I saw the snake on a stump and I said, ‘Look, guys, an anaconda is over there, I’m going to film it for you to see.”
In the video, you can see the snake coiled up on a stump that was partially underwater, when in the blink of an eye, it jumps out and bites the guide.
The snake then makes its way back into the water, and believe it or not, you can hear the guests laughing in the background.
Not even gonna lie, I’d be losing my mind if I saw a 30-foot snake manhandle my fishing guide.
Luckily enough, the anaconda’s bite wasn’t enough to penetrate the skin, and he laughed off the attack as well.
Although these creatures are insanely big, biologist Edson Abrao said they aren’t venomous. However, they’re insanely strong:
“They aren’t venomous but they are extremely strong, one of the most agile snakes that exist underwater. They are animals that feed and kill their prey underwater.”
Abrao added that even though Anaconda attacks on humans are rare, they will attack whenever they feel threatened.
And speaking of anacondas… how good is Anaconda the movie? I mean, Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, giant snakes…. what more you could you want in a awesomely terrible action thriller.
Man Saves Deer From Snake With A Tree Branch
Wildlife is incredible.
I mean, what would a snake do with a deer anyways? Swallow it whole and not eat for the next 6 months? Crazier things have happened…
It doesn’t seem like the best choice for prey, but hey, a snake like this will do whatever it wants to and I won’t be arguing with it. And I certainly wouldn’t be beating it with a stick to save a deer…
This guy wanted to the events to be over and clear the roadway at this zoo in Thailand.
The video starts with something moving around a motionless deer. Oh, it’s a large snake strangling it to death. The deer seems to be at the end of the road.
Then a tree branch being held by a person pops into view. The man beats the snake with the leafy end of the stick. The snake is unpleased with the interruption and lunges towards the man.
The man flips his stick around and starts pokes the snake a few times.
As the old saying goes, “I wouldn’t touch that with a ten-foot pole.”
Usually, it’s used in different context, but it’s highly appropriate here too…
Anyways, the snake clearly didn’t like being poked and decided to make a break for it. As it unravels itself from the deer, the deer literally gets flipped over and the life snaps back into it and it gets up and takes off for safety. The snake clearly had a death grip going on, and the deer probably didn’t have much time left.
Both animals head opposite directions and the road is cleared.
Snapping Turtle Attacks Water Snake In Tennessee Lake
For anybody that grew up near a creek and used to play in it with your buddies in the neighborhood, you were more than likely warned at least once to “watch out for the snapping turtles.”
Fortunately for me, I never had a run in with one of these creatures, and thank God, because these bad boys look nasty.
And after watching this video? I’m even more thankful.
According to Field & Stream, professional photographer Kerry Wix was fishing at Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee back in 2015, when he saw a water snake poking its head from above the water, and appeared to be struggling and was staying stagnant in one spot.
So, Wix decided to grab his GoPro, and capture the event that was unfolding under the water.
Needless to say, what he discovered was pretty wild.
In the footage, you can see a massive snapping turtle had gotten ahold of the four-foot long water snake, and was slowly ripping it apart right underneath the surface of the water.
No matter how hard the snake struggled to break free, the jaws of the snapping turtle were simply too strong.
At one point, the snapping turtle lets go of the already ripped apart snake, almost as if it was about to spare its life.
However, that didn’t last long, as the snapping turtle grabbed hold once again.
Biologist supervisor and snake expert for the wildlife diversity program for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said it’s pretty rare to discover a snapping turtle taking down a live snake of this size:
“This is very rare to catch on film because snapping turtles spend about 90 percent of their lives underwater. You might see one cross a road occasionally or maybe a fisherman catches one, but typically, you don’t see these guys.
Sure, people have found snakes in the stomachs of turtles, but I would more likely have assumed that the snake was dead when the turtle found it.
You wouldn’t necessarily assume it’s able to take down a snake like this. I don’t typically think of snapping turtles actively going after big snakes. This is one ambitious turtle.”
Garig also estimated that the turtle’s shell is about a foot long, and weighed from 18 to 20 pounds, and was around 15-years-old.
He also estimated that the water snake was around four feet long, and the average water snake ranges from two to four feet.