Ready to strike: Brave diver and snake enthusiast Franco Banfi captured this image of an enormous anaconda snake lurking beneath the surface of a river in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Mailonline describes a diver’s experience in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil. Swiss diver Franco Banfi ,53, went on a diving mission to capture amazing close-ups of enormous anaconda snakes in their natural habitat and what he stumbled upon was quite fascinating. These remarkable images show the enormous 26-foot (eight meter) anacondas searching for prey in the murky depths.
These underwater beasts feed on rodents, birds and fish, lurking close to surface coiled and ready to strike. In one shot, Banfi gets up close to a huge anaconda that is lying on the riverbank and glistening in the ferocious tropical heat. Thankfully for the photographer, it had just gobbled up a capybara rodent and wasn’t interested in devouring him as a second course.
He saw six different female anaconda snakes on his ten-day trip to the Mato Grosso do Sul region, right in the heart of South America. The region is known for its diverse natural beauty and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The name literally means ‘Thick Forest of the South’ and it’s easy to see why.
Banfi added: ‘At the first moment it’s scary because you don’t know the animal and everybody says it’s dangerous. ‘But after a while you understand that nothing happens if you respect the snake. ‘I have never been so close to a snake like this before. But I think a small poisonous snake is more scary than a big one. At least you can see the anacondas clearly and know what they’re doing.’
Hunting: This anaconda scans the surface of the water looking for prey such as mice, fish or birds