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Photo @tbfrost | Words by @paulrosolie | What makes anacondas so hard to study is they spend most of their time below water or mud. This means that even giant individuals can be impossible to detect. We had been searching for over thirty-five days in swamps and on rivers, without finding a single one. This 7-8ft individual came to us, strangely enough, by way of Instagram! First sighted by researchers who posted the photo, it was then discovered by Ecuadorian photographer @luksth , who alerted us. We traveled for 2 hours up the Tambopata River here in Peru to observe her. What made it extra exciting is she had just eaten an agouti (a house-cat-sized Amazonian rodent) below a mammal colpa or clay lick. It wasn’t the largest anaconda we’ve ever seen, but what is significant here is her behavior. Anacondas appear to travel long distances up forest streams to access mammal colpas (salt deposits) where the prey is abundant. This is a new behavior for an apex predator that we still know very little about. Just part of an ongoing effort to better understand the numbers, habits, ecology, and intelligence of these mysterious giants.

To see a photo of the ENTIRE snake with food in her belly, follow @tbfrost

Photo @tbfrost | Words by @paulrosolie | What makes anacondas so hard to study is they spend most of their time below water or mud. This means that even giant individuals can be impossible to detect. We had been searching for over thirty-five days in swamps and on rivers, without finding a single one. This 7-8ft individual came to us, strangely enough, by way of Instagram! First sighted by researchers who posted the photo, it was then discovered by Ecuadorian photographer @luksth , who alerted us. We traveled for 2 hours up the Tambopata River here in Peru to observe her. What made it extra exciting is she had just eaten an agouti (a house-cat-sized Amazonian rodent) below a mammal colpa or clay lick. It wasn’t the largest anaconda we’ve ever seen,  but what is significant here is her behavior. Anacondas appear to travel long distances up forest streams to access mammal colpas (salt deposits) where the prey is abundant. This is a new behavior for an apex predator that we still know very little about. Just part of an ongoing effort to better understand the numbers, habits, ecology, and intelligence of these mysterious giants.

To see a photo of the ENTIRE snake with food in her belly, follow @tbfrost

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Snakes 🐍 are sooooooo cute

@brawlyplumer

Thick long boi

@betin_mr

Amazing photo!!

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@dylanfilms

What makes anacondas so hard to study is they eat human beings live. Lol

@kumarshanu2010

🐍 my favourite

@jesselaprade

I have only observed a rat snake swallow a large dark green lizard whole. It took the snake more than 30 minutes to get it down. I have a picture of it on my I- phone.

@travellingstrangerblog

...looks like the snake in the photo has been cut with a machete. 😳

@kalanbekovic

@ulookbekova алдамчы дэсэ 😂

@viynl42

Please do not pet.

@silvabravofoto

Que curioso. Saludos desde Chile.

@_faithfulchris

Come to Florida. They are mass producing in the wild. They have killed live stock, cars, dogs, rabbits, horses, deer and now our prying upon gators . Humans are in their sight

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