Guys Spot A Giant Anaconda Crossing The Road And Realize She’s Not Alone
Last month, while traveling through a jungle in Brazil, a group of veterinary students happened upon an unexpected kind of roadblock. There, spanning the dirt track in front of them, was an enormous anaconda — and she wasn’t alone.
One of the students who stopped, Antônio Stábile dos Santos, estimated the female snake to be around 20 feet long. As he got closer, he observed that she was being pursued by numerous smaller anacondas. Santos eventually discovered that the smaller snakes were most likely males, aspiring suitors fighting for the attention of their much larger counterpart. But, as you can see, she didn’t seem particularly interested: And she was not alone. Giant anaconda snake crosses road, with her children. The veterinary students were impressed with what they saw. But they weren’t the only ones held up from their journey on the dirt path. A lizard was also stopped ᴅᴇᴀᴅ at the roadside — figuratively speaking, and surely relieved to know the snake family had other things to do than eat. The group of students watch in awe as the scene plays out, about which they said: “It’s not everywhere you see something like this — especially not in college,” said a student to Globo News. “It was very ᴜɴᴜsᴜᴀʟ.” Anaconda snakes are scary, but the climate ᴄʀɪsɪs is ᴡᴏʀsᴇ. Jungles and forests still blanket roughly 30% of the planet’s surface, but every year a larger swath of nature is ʟᴏsᴛ due to the effects of global climate change. While we don’t think everyone should go plant new forests to preserve the habitat of creatures like the mother snake above — it wouldn’t ʜᴜʀᴛ the planet. While we can’t say for sure whether anaconda snake crossings will remain an ᴀɴxɪᴇᴛʏ-ɪɴᴅᴜᴄɪɴɢ treat for the eyes of passersby forever, one could certainly argue they have as much to worry about as us when it comes to ʟᴏsɪɴɢ a standard of living as the global toll of the climate ᴄʀɪsɪs rises.
For Santos and the others, who spend their time studying animals, it was a scene they won’t soon forget. “It’s not everywhere you see something like this especially not in college,” Santos told Globo News. “It was very ᴜɴᴜsᴜᴀʟ.”