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#Repost from @Trevor Frost by @swiftsave_app
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I learned something new today that I’d like to share with you. Many people have written to say they have a phobia of snakes, that even an image of a snake can cause them severe distress in the form of anxiety , panic, rapid heart rate, etc. Turns out there may be an explanation: some researchers have a theory that primate brains (that’s us) evolved in some of the ways they did (large visual Center , for example) because of our ancestors relationships with snakes. I won’t go into the details but know that the bottom line is your reaction is very likely a hard wired instinct. Watching other primates, like chimpanzees , scientists have observed them have similar shit fits when encountering a snake. They totally lose it! Now what I’m curious to know is why do some of us not have such a reaction? AND A FRIENDLY REMINDER, you have FIVE DAYS to PURCHASE a signed 8x10 print on 11x14 archival paper for $100. After this sale ends, prints this size will only be available for $200. Please consider helping us fund future work to deconstruct the myth that snakes are evil so the senseless slaughter of them can come to an end. All the gratitude in the world to each of you. #snakesofinstagram #snakes #snek #swampsnake #scalesandskin #amazon #peru #rainforest #reptilesofinstagram #colubrid #colubrids #colubridsofinstagram


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As promised, here is a photo of the same species of boa you saw dead on @natgeo , the one burned by the fires we visited in Peru several weeks ago. This little girl however is alive and well - somewhere in a protected jungle where she will grow strong and fierce and play an important role in the symphony of life that is the amazon rainforest. Her name - for the short time she was with us - was Matilda and in this picture she is taking refuge in the hands of my favorite hand model @paulrosolie , who at this very moment is in @incredibleindia scouting for our next scales and skin excursions. #boa #redtailboa #snakesofinstagram #earthlens #scalesandskin #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer


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I usually don’t post photos of captive animals but I really like this one of @danielbbasa leopard gecko. Reptiles are incredible animals that deserve all the love and care their owners can give. This photo was inspired by @tbfrost and @paulrosolie Scales and Skin series
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#Repost @tbfrost with @get_repost
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Outtake from a northern water snake portrait session here in Virginia. #scalesandskin #whyihike #virginia #watersnake #snakesofinstagram #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #animalportraits #animaleyes


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Repost of @natgeo

Photo @tbfrost | Words @paulrosolie
There is a reason big fish, and big crocs, and snakes for that matter too, live to see old age: they are shrewd. A few years ago my team and I caught the world record for longest live, verifiably measured wild anaconda. We named her Eleanor after my grandmother. She was resting on floating vegetation in the warm morning sun. The giant anacondas love the floating grasses because if any threat comes, they can dive under immediately. From the tip of a large canoe I saw her, and she saw me, and immediately started going down. Clever girl. When I splashed into the swamp to where she was and wrapped my arms around her it was with the full knowledge that this nearly twenty-foot snake was in full control. She weighed more, was stronger, could swim better, and had dozens of re-curved teeth to use in her defense. The team of 8 researchers with me jumped in too and all of them tried to grab parts of her, but there was nothing to stand on - the water was 20 plus feet deep. We held onto her tail as she thrashed around, and for a moment coils as thick as any of us were emerging and splashing everywhere. It was like fighting the Cracken. When I got control of her head I lost control of everything else, I could no longer swim and could no longer protect from her coils. It was the rest of the team that kept me afloat, and hauled me – and the snake - up onto the boat so that we could measure her and collect data, the first information gathered on green anacondas in the Peruvian Amazon. You can’t tranquilize an anaconda, so for now studying them has to be done the old-school way. Thankfully, not all of them are that hard - or dangerous - to catch, like this small 6 foot female we found on the edge of stream in a swamp. Doesn’t matter how small or large the snake is though, each anaconda I work with I consider the privilege of a lifetime.
To see more photos of this anaconda, which is the largest species of snake in the world , I’m @tbfrost
#snakesofinstagram #peru #amazon #anacondas #giantsnakes #scalesandskin


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Thanks @paulrosolie for capturing this super emotional moment when we were letting this super pretty Rainbow Boa(Epicrates Cenchria) go back into the wild! I still remember how she just came into my hand and 'found her home' :P was a very pleasant experience!
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We were a hundred percent positive about her biting at least one of us, but she didn't. That goes a long way to convey the message: snakes do NOT want to bite humans for no reason. Respect is mutual. You treat them with respect, they respect back.
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That's exactly what @tbfrost and Paul's project 'Scales and Skin' is all about. Breaking the barrier between people and these scaled creatures, and conveying the fact that these animals demand respect, and when shown the same, reciprocate it.
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#ScalesAndSkin #Scales #Squamata #Reptiles #Epicrates #RainbowBoa #Boa #BoasOfInstagram #Boas #ReptilesofInstagram #Exploration #AmazonRainforest #Jungle #Adventure #Snake #Serpent #MadreDeDios #PhotoProject #NatGeo #NatGeoAdventure #Explore #Tamandua #Expedition #Research #Herpetology #NightHerping


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Watching @tbfrost and @paulrosolie work on 'Scales and Skin' in the Amazon Rainforest was indeed one of the greatest learning experiences of my life.
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Spent a fraction of Trevor and Paul's swamp time doing the same thing with them, and fair to say, learnt from the best. Being in the Amazon Rainforest was an experience indeed, but just sitting there at the station and talking to these super awesome explorers about their adventures and learnings throughout life was extraordinary. True inspirational stuff.
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The outcome of the project was as beautiful as it's noble cause. We are all dedicated to breaking the barrier between humans and wildlife, to help conserve wildlife better, and THIS project does exactly that.
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I can also claim to have an emotional connect with these prints; with this very Anaconda being my first wild 'conda, and Matilda having recovered and made a return to the wild under observation. Most of the species in the project were also ones that I had the privilege of personally interacting with, making this project all the more special.
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Needless to say, this was a very special experience. Looking forward to more such experiences! .
Check @tbfrost and @paulrosolie 's profile out for some amazing content dedicated to conserving forests and wildlife around the globe.
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All pictures by: @tbfrost .
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#NatGeo #NationalGeographic #Amazon #Rainforest #ScalesAndSkin #Snakes #Reptiles #Herpetology #PaulRosolie #TrevorFrost #Photography #Exploration #Conservation #Anaconda #BoaConstrictor #Wildlife #Prints #PhotoPrints #PhotoProject


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@tbfrost @paulrosolie
#scalesandskin
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@manugovit #icebergs
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❤ the new art on my wall!


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Check out this beauty I (well, my dog) just found in my backyard!! A perfect example of exactly what I said in my post yesterday! This is a non-venomous gray rat snake. My dog walked up on it while it was sunning itself. My dog was sniffing along the snake's body before I realized what she had found. Not only did the snake not even remotely try to bite my dog or me, it didn't even coil into a defensive posture until I went to pick it up and even then, it was a very half assed coiling and only lasted a couple seconds, still, no striking. This very docile snake is a great addition to any yard and a great example of why I keep my yard Florida native landscaped, to provide habitat and attract beneficial critters like this. This was the first time I've found a gray rat snake in my yard, and this beauty was just over an impressive 5ft...just gorgeous! I was super stoked at this lil backyard surprise!! After admiring its beauty, a couple pics, and telling it to watch out for the hawks and stay away from roads and reactive people, I released it just beyond my fence, into the forest 😁🐍
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#ratsnake #grayratsnake #nonvenomous #snake #serpent #slither #wild #floridanative #nativelandscaping #herpetology #reptile #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #beautiful #natgeo #respect #snakesofinstagram #animalportraits #scalesandskin #reptilesofinstagram #snakes #therealflorida #floridawild #conservation #sundayfunday #NoFl #getoutsideandplay
#adventure #explore


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I'm not on Facebook much these days, but I do like seeing the 'memories' when I do go on. Today, I was reminded that 5yrs ago today, I moved to NoFl, 5 YEARS!! WOW!! I had no idea I'd be here this long and am not sure how long I'll stay here but it's charm has grown on me. While it seems a bit secluded up here compared to other cities in Florida, there are benefits to being removed from the urban sprawl and I've come to really appreciate the natural beauty that's right in my backyard, including leisurely drives down forest highways at sunset looking for snakes...another FB memory from this day a couple years ago.
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The snakes shown here are venomous and unfortunately, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake (the close up pics) was killed not long before we got there.This was a remote forest highway, and the snake was most likely just sunning or crossing the road. Someone went out of their way to attack this snake. Please don't ever kill a snake out of fear, venomous or not. Snakes are an important component of the natural environment and are commonly encountered. Many species have adapted extremely well to living with humans. We can also adapt to live safely with snakes. Most snakes just want to be left alone. I always hear people say how aggressive snakes are, and in the many years I've been working around snakes, they've never once charged or tried to bite simply out of "aggression". They are wild animals and they will defend if provoked just as any animal would. And if I ever were to get bit when handling these guys, it would be my fault, not theirs. Respect snakes.
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#pygmyrattlesnake #diamondbackrattlesnake #venomous #snake #serpent #slither #wild #floridanative #rattlesnake #herpetology #reptile #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #beautiful #natgeo #respect #snakesofinstagram #animalportraits #scalesandskin #reptilesofinstagram #snakes #therealflorida #floridawild #conservation #countryroad #NoFl #getoutsideandplay
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Snakey McSnakeface, The Florida Pine Snake...he may be a runt, but he's still so beautiful. He assists us with conservation education/outreach events from time to time. (More pics in my IG story)
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And yes, that's really his name. No, I didn't name him 🐍
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#snake #serpent #slither #wild #floridanative #pinesnake #runt #herpetology #reptile #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #nonvenomous #beautiful #natgeo #myfwc #respect #snakesofinstagram #animalportraits #snakeeyes #animaleyes #scalesandskin #reptilesofinstagram #snakes #therealflorida #floridawild #conservation


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RELEASE THE KRAKEN! I grabbed this shot while @tbfrost and @PaulRosolie were shooting their #scalesandskin series. This is one of my favorite snake species, the Black-Skinned Parrot Snake.


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Outtake from a northern water snake portrait session here in Virginia. #scalesandskin #whyihike #virginia #watersnake #snakesofinstagram #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #animalportraits #animaleyes #TallerresPixelCL


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Outtake from a northern water snake portrait session here in Virginia. #scalesandskin #whyihike #virginia #watersnake #snakesofinstagram #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #animalportraits #animaleyes


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#Repost @natgeo
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Photo @tbfrost
This is what happens to most snakes when they encounter humans: they have their heads chopped off with shovels or hoes or in this case a machete. Growing up in Virginia I vividly remember neighbors cutting the heads off every snake they saw. Much of the time the person thought it was funny and somehow manly that they killed a creature 1000 Times smaller than them, which is puzzling to me. In almost every case the person thought the snake was venomous (not that a venomous snake deserves that fate either) but usually it was a black rat snake or rough brown water snake, which are completely harmless and important to controlling rodent populations which are far more dangerous to human health. This culture of killing snakes doesn’t just exist in the United States, believe me, it is healthy and alive almost everywhere I’ve been, including Peru, where people typically kill any snake they see. In some cases, with anacondas anyways, they keep the dried heads in their homes as good luck charms. The dried head you see in the hands of @paulrosolie is one such head, taken from a 15 foot female anaconda with the belief it would bring good luck. As far as I could tell the man who killed this snake and took the head has had no change in luck. This is the mission @paulrosolie and I are on: to deconstruct the myth snakes are evil and one by one convince people snakes are better off alive, for all involved. Moving forward , Paul and I are working to set up a non profit fund to reimburse people in Puerto Maldonado, Peru who lose a chicken or goat or whatever to anaconda. This is an experiment we hope makes some difference. But we need your help . The catch of course is we won’t reimburse anyone unless they have proof the anaconda wasn’t harmed and was allowed to go on its way, belly full. In cases where it makes sense we have a team of local Peruvians in place who love snakes and they will relocate them far from homes.
To learn more about how we are trying to help anacondas , and other snakes too, I am @tbfrost
#snakesofinstagram #reptiles #anacondas #anaconda #giantsnakes #amazon #peru #scalesandskin


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Photo: @mohsinkazmitakespictures | I can’t remember the last time I shared a photo of myself. But since I’m running out of snake pictures I thought I would share this image as it gives me a chance to share with everyone how many people it takes to make the photos you see here and on @natgeo. I love this image, for sure, but what you don’t see is that @mohsinkazmitakespictures and @paulrosolie were walking in front of me through this swamp. Why you ask? Well I’ve had some bad reactions to bees and ants in the past and they both offered to go first in the event we stumbled upon either. Inevitably, we did and @mohsinkazmitakespictures got stung in the face like 5 or 6 Times. On another occasion @paulrosolie got attacked by ants, stung on his legs and abdomen. And Paul and a Mohsin are the two I can copy on Instagram: there are countless local people who know the forest , and whom without none of these images would be possible, truly, they make what I do a reality. At the end of the day all I really do is click the shutter at the right time. Many of you write to ask me what settings I use and what cameras I use and I guess what I’m trying to say is none of that matters. Focus instead on surrounding yourself with good people who give a damn and pictures will follow. @eddiebauer #liveyouradventure #truth #photography #amazon #rainforest #swamps #peru #scalesandskin #snakesofinstagram #anaconda


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SNAKES. If we took the time to understand something, rather than fear it for no rational reason, the world would be a better place. As I wait for students to arrive, I want to celebrate the snake; a creature despised, persecuted, killed for no reason. I know we will see a few in the coming 12 days. And, the experiences we will have with them, will forever change the nuggets of fear that our students might have. Snakes are beautiful, intelligent creatures, that are not programmed to ‘hurt’ humans for no reason. They must be provoked, prodded, cornered, stepped on, abused, before they react. If you leave them alone, and take pleasure in observing them, you will quickly learn that they tread lightly, and mean us no harm—if we in turn, offer them the same respect. I am forever in awe of these creatures. Snakes, are cool. #snakesofinstagram #snakes #reptilesofinstagram #rainforest #ecuador #amazon #scales #scalesandskin #naturedesign #humanwildlifeconflict #coexistence @ilcp_photographers @kidsconservationphoto @luksth @natgeocreative @natgeo @wildlifeplanet


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Cool photo and story from @paulrosolie - thanks for the tag!
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This is an oldie. Ten years ago most of the local guys I worked with had never seen a snake they didn’t kill. They were scared of them. Big ones, little ones, green, red, yellow - didn’t matter. They thought I was insane when I said I wanted to go LOOKING for anacondas. But @juanjuliodurandtorres knew it would be a good adventure - and we went out for weeks at a time to incredibly remote places in search of giants. This early work is what my book ‘Mother of God’ is about. This anaconda nearly crushed me in the initial fight. But as you can see here I’m handling her without restraint. ‘C’mon girl it’s time to measure you’ - i was not yet convinced she’d stay calm (I have my fixed blade knife there on my belt - and that’s Pico’s walking stick and foot in the corner!)) Pico used to be a logger and used to always kill snakes - now he’s a boat driver for @tamanduaexpeditions And he uses his jungle expertise to help us study anacondas!
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Ten years later we are still working on the relationship between snakes and humans - Scales and Skin. Thank you so so much everyone who supported @tbfrost and me these past ten days! Your stories of compassion and learning, your fan art (and fan pastries!), and your funding will allow us to take this work across the world!
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#snakes #snakesofinstagram #wildlife #wildlifeexplorer #naturephotography #travel #backintheday #workout #anaconda #outdoors #outdoorliving #reptiles #research #author #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #tamanduaexpeditions #explore #environment #scalesandskin #outdoors360


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#Repost @natgeo (@get_repost)
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Photo @tbfrost
This is what happens to most snakes when they encounter humans: they have their heads chopped off with shovels or hoes or in this case a machete. Growing up in Virginia I vividly remember neighbors cutting the heads off every snake they saw. Much of the time the person thought it was funny and somehow manly that they killed a creature 1000 Times smaller than them, which is puzzling to me. In almost every case the person thought the snake was venomous (not that a venomous snake deserves that fate either) but usually it was a black rat snake or rough brown water snake, which are completely harmless and important to controlling rodent populations which are far more dangerous to human health. This culture of killing snakes doesn’t just exist in the United States, believe me, it is healthy and alive almost everywhere I’ve been, including Peru, where people typically kill any snake they see. In some cases, with anacondas anyways, they keep the dried heads in their homes as good luck charms. The dried head you see in the hands of @paulrosolie is one such head, taken from a 15 foot female anaconda with the belief it would bring good luck. As far as I could tell the man who killed this snake and took the head has had no change in luck. This is the mission @paulrosolie and I are on: to deconstruct the myth snakes are evil and one by one convince people snakes are better off alive, for all involved. Moving forward , Paul and I are working to set up a non profit fund to reimburse people in Puerto Maldonado, Peru who lose a chicken or goat or whatever to anaconda. This is an experiment we hope makes some difference. But we need your help . The catch of course is we won’t reimburse anyone unless they have proof the anaconda wasn’t harmed and was allowed to go on its way, belly full. In cases where it makes sense we have a team of local Peruvians in place who love snakes and they will relocate them far from homes.
To learn more about how we are trying to help anacondas , and other snakes too, I am @tbfrost
#snakesofinstagram #snakes #cobras #reptiles #anacondas #anaconda #giantsnakes #amazon #peru #scalesandskin


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Scales and Skin Prints are going out -
Today is rainy and we are warm indoors with music cranking and working up a storm - it’s a good day. Hey, at least we aren’t in a swamp! For all the beautiful souls who put in orders - beautiful prints coming at ya soon -
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#artistsoninstagram #peterbeard #fineart #scalesandskin #work #photography #wildlifeexplorer #skull #art #author #authorlife #journaling


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Photo @tbfrost
This is what happens to most snakes when they encounter humans: they have their heads chopped off with shovels or hoes or in this case a machete. Growing up in Virginia I vividly remember neighbors cutting the heads off every snake they saw. Much of the time the person thought it was funny and somehow manly that they killed a creature 1000 Times smaller than them, which is puzzling to me. In almost every case the person thought the snake was venomous (not that a venomous snake deserves that fate either) but usually it was a black rat snake or rough brown water snake, which are completely harmless and important to controlling rodent populations which are far more dangerous to human health. This culture of killing snakes doesn’t just exist in the United States, believe me, it is healthy and alive almost everywhere I’ve been, including Peru, where people typically kill any snake they see. In some cases, with anacondas anyways, they keep the dried heads in their homes as good luck charms. The dried head you see in the hands of @paulrosolie is one such head, taken from a 15 foot female anaconda with the belief it would bring good luck. As far as I could tell the man who killed this snake and took the head has had no change in luck. This is the mission @paulrosolie and I are on: to deconstruct the myth snakes are evil and one by one convince people snakes are better off alive, for all involved. Moving forward , Paul and I are working to set up a non profit fund to reimburse people in Puerto Maldonado, Peru who lose a chicken or goat or whatever to anaconda. This is an experiment we hope makes some difference. But we need your help . The catch of course is we won’t reimburse anyone unless they have proof the anaconda wasn’t harmed and was allowed to go on its way, belly full. In cases where it makes sense we have a team of local Peruvians in place who love snakes and they will relocate them far from homes.
#snakesofinstagram #reptiles #anacondas #anaconda #giantsnakes #amazon #peru #scalesandskin #nationalgeographic #news_gateway


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This is an oldie. Ten years ago most of the local guys I worked with had never seen a snake they didn’t kill. They were scared of them. Big ones, little ones, green, red, yellow - didn’t matter. They thought I was insane when I said I wanted to go LOOKING for anacondas. But @juanjuliodurandtorres knew it would be a good adventure - and we went out for weeks at a time to incredibly remote places in search of giants. This early work is what my book ‘Mother of God’ is about. This anaconda nearly crushed me in the initial fight. But as you can see here I’m handling her without restraint. ‘C’mon girl it’s time to measure you’ - i was not yet convinced she’d stay calm (I have my fixed blade knife there on my belt - and that’s Pico’s walking stick and foot in the corner!)) Pico used to be a logger and used to always kill snakes - now he’s a boat driver for @tamanduaexpeditions And he uses his jungle expertise to help us study anacondas!
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Ten years later we are still working on the relationship between snakes and humans - Scales and Skin. Thank you so so much everyone who supported @tbfrost and me these past ten days! Your stories of compassion and learning, your fan art (and fan pastries!), and your funding will allow us to take this work across the world!
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#snakes #snakesofinstagram #wildlife #wildlifeexplorer #naturephotography #travel #backintheday #workout #anaconda #outdoors #outdoorliving #reptiles #research #author #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #tamanduaexpeditions #explore #environment #scalesandskin


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#Repost @natgeo with @get_repost
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Photo @tbfrost
This is what happens to most snakes when they encounter humans: they have their heads chopped off with shovels or hoes or in this case a machete. Growing up in Virginia I vividly remember neighbors cutting the heads off every snake they saw. Much of the time the person thought it was funny and somehow manly that they killed a creature 1000 Times smaller than them, which is puzzling to me. In almost every case the person thought the snake was venomous (not that a venomous snake deserves that fate either) but usually it was a black rat snake or rough brown water snake, which are completely harmless and important to controlling rodent populations which are far more dangerous to human health. This culture of killing snakes doesn’t just exist in the United States, believe me, it is healthy and alive almost everywhere I’ve been, including Peru, where people typically kill any snake they see. In some cases, with anacondas anyways, they keep the dried heads in their homes as good luck charms. The dried head you see in the hands of @paulrosolie is one such head, taken from a 15 foot female anaconda with the belief it would bring good luck. As far as I could tell the man who killed this snake and took the head has had no change in luck. This is the mission @paulrosolie and I are on: to deconstruct the myth snakes are evil and one by one convince people snakes are better off alive, for all involved. Moving forward , Paul and I are working to set up a non profit fund to reimburse people in Puerto Maldonado, Peru who lose a chicken or goat or whatever to anaconda. This is an experiment we hope makes some difference. But we need your help . The catch of course is we won’t reimburse anyone unless they have proof the anaconda wasn’t harmed and was allowed to go on its way, belly full. In cases where it makes sense we have a team of local Peruvians in place who love snakes and they will relocate them far from homes.
To learn more about how we are trying to help anacondas , and other snakes too, I am @tbfrost
#snakesofinstagram #reptiles #anacondas #anaconda #giantsnakes #amazon #peru #scalesandskin


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#Repost @natgeo with @get_repost
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제발좀..사람들은 언제쯤 바뀔까요?
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This is what happens to most snakes when they encounter humans: they have their heads chopped off with shovels or hoes or in this case a machete. Growing up in Virginia I vividly remember neighbors cutting the heads off every snake they saw. Much of the time the person thought it was funny and somehow manly that they killed a creature 1000 Times smaller than them, which is puzzling to me. In almost every case the person thought the snake was venomous (not that a venomous snake deserves that fate either) but usually it was a black rat snake or rough brown water snake, which are completely harmless and important to controlling rodent populations which are far more dangerous to human health. This culture of killing snakes doesn’t just exist in the United States, believe me, it is healthy and alive almost everywhere I’ve been, including Peru, where people typically kill any snake they see. In some cases, with anacondas anyways, they keep the dried heads in their homes as good luck charms. The dried head you see in the hands of @paulrosolie is one such head, taken from a 15 foot female anaconda with the belief it would bring good luck. As far as I could tell the man who killed this snake and took the head has had no change in luck. This is the mission @paulrosolie and I are on: to deconstruct the myth snakes are evil and one by one convince people snakes are better off alive, for all involved. Moving forward , Paul and I are working to set up a non profit fund to reimburse people in Puerto Maldonado, Peru who lose a chicken or goat or whatever to anaconda. This is an experiment we hope makes some difference. But we need your help . The catch of course is we won’t reimburse anyone unless they have proof the anaconda wasn’t harmed and was allowed to go on its way, belly full. In cases where it makes sense we have a team of local Peruvians in place who love snakes and they will relocate them far from homes.
To learn more about how we are trying to help anacondas , and other snakes too, I am @tbfrost
#snakesofinstagram #reptiles #anacondas #anaconda #giantsnakes #amazon #peru #scalesandskin


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Really great post!#Repost @natgeo (@get_repost)
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Photo @tbfrost
This is what happens to most snakes when they encounter humans: they have their heads chopped off with shovels or hoes or in this case a machete. Growing up in Virginia I vividly remember neighbors cutting the heads off every snake they saw. Much of the time the person thought it was funny and somehow manly that they killed a creature 1000 Times smaller than them, which is puzzling to me. In almost every case the person thought the snake was venomous (not that a venomous snake deserves that fate either) but usually it was a black rat snake or rough brown water snake, which are completely harmless and important to controlling rodent populations which are far more dangerous to human health. This culture of killing snakes doesn’t just exist in the United States, believe me, it is healthy and alive almost everywhere I’ve been, including Peru, where people typically kill any snake they see. In some cases, with anacondas anyways, they keep the dried heads in their homes as good luck charms. The dried head you see in the hands of @paulrosolie is one such head, taken from a 15 foot female anaconda with the belief it would bring good luck. As far as I could tell the man who killed this snake and took the head has had no change in luck. This is the mission @paulrosolie and I are on: to deconstruct the myth snakes are evil and one by one convince people snakes are better off alive, for all involved. Moving forward , Paul and I are working to set up a non profit fund to reimburse people in Puerto Maldonado, Peru who lose a chicken or goat or whatever to anaconda. This is an experiment we hope makes some difference. But we need your help . The catch of course is we won’t reimburse anyone unless they have proof the anaconda wasn’t harmed and was allowed to go on its way, belly full. In cases where it makes sense we have a team of local Peruvians in place who love snakes and they will relocate them far from homes.
To learn more about how we are trying to help anacondas , and other snakes too, I am @tbfrost
#snakesofinstagram #reptiles #anacondas #anaconda #giantsnakes #amazon #peru #scalesandskin


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