Have You Seen This? Don't put your face too close to an anaconda

If you encounter a 30-foot snake in the wild, it's best to admire it from a distance.

If you encounter a 30-foot snake in the wild, it's best to admire it from a distance. (India Narrative, Twitter)



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BRAZIL — Anacondas are famous for their massive size, reaching more than 30 feet in length and tipping the scales at 550 pounds — they're the world's heaviest snakes. Lurking in the water, these slithering giants wait patiently to ambush mammals such as deer and tapirs.

This is why it's probably unwise to put your face close to one. The guy in this video seems to have learned this lesson the hard way.

According to the video's caption, the "victim" is a tour guide in Brazil, where anacondas are often referred to as a "sucuri" or "sucuriuba." Spotting the giant snake in the water, he leans in for a closer look.

But the anaconda doesn't take too kindly to the tour guide invading its personal space. Quick as lightning, it lurches out of the water and snaps at him.

What can we learn from this video? If you encounter a 30-foot snake in the wild, it's best to admire the creature from a distance.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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