It was like a scene from the movie “Anaconda”.
A Brazilian fishing guide had a closer-than-expected wildlife encounter after a giant anaconda jumped out of the water and bit him. A shocking clip of the harrowing herpetological encounter is causing a stir online.
“When I was filming the anaconda, it moved away and I saw it was about to strike,” Joao Severino, 38, told Jam Press of the alarming moment.
The angling expert reportedly spotted the snake while guiding a boat full of tourists down the Araguaia River in the central Brazilian state of Goiás.
“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,'” Severino recalled.
It was then that he inadvertently ended the trip with a fang.
In the accompanying 35-second POV clip, filmed via the guide’s phone, the camera zooms in on a coiled black-spotted snake underwater near two partially submerged stumps. In a flash, the snake leaps out of the water and strikes the tour guide, who screams in shock.
The giant boa then disappears into the drink as the guide and his guests burst into relieved laughter.
Fortunately, the scaly predator failed to penetrate Severino’s skin and he was able to laugh off the attack.
The fishing guide should thank his lucky stars for not being harmed by the green anaconda, which is the largest snake in the world, capable of measuring up to 30 feet long and 550 pounds with a diameter of 10 inches.
“They are not poisonous but they are extremely strong, one of the most agile snakes that exist underwater,” biologist Edson Abrao told Viral Press. “These are animals that feed and kill their prey underwater.”
Although not known to attack humans, the South American constrictor will attack “when it feels threatened,” the snake expert explained.
In a far more terrifying snake attack in 2020, a Thai teenager had to be hospitalized after a python bit his penis while he was in the bathroom.