Two Men Paddle Within Inches of a 30-Foot Anaconda That Looks Simply Prehistoric

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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Updated: October 22, 2023

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Huge anaconda just chilling in the river

It’s something you’d see straight out of a Hollywood horror movie: two people enjoying a relaxing afternoon paddleboarding on a river. With blue skies and a warm breeze, nothing could go wrong, right? 

As they’re paddling through the murky water, one of the men in a yellow vessel is filming the lush greenery surrounding the pair. Suddenly, the footage cuts to a giant anaconda right next to their paddleboard.

When they begin filming, it looks as if the snake is attempting to get back to shore by climbing up a nearby tree. Anacondas are not a snake you’d want to approach. These men, assumingly locals, decided to go ashore and follow this giant serpent. 

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Green anacondas are the largest snakes in the world.

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In contrast to pythons, anacondas are semi-aquatic snakes that can be found in tropical South America, particularly in the Amazon. They are renowned for their swimming prowess and are among the biggest snakes in the world. The biggest of the four species, the green anaconda, is what most people mean when they say “anaconda.” The longest and heaviest snake in the world is the green anaconda.

According to Reptiles Cove, anacondas are thicker than other boas and are stocky, muscular snakes. They have wide but massive heads and thick necks. Because their eyes and nose are located on top of their heads, anacondas can look above the water while spending the majority of their time submerged. From the eye to the jaw, a broad black stripe is present on them.

A Prehistoric Relic

Anacondas don’t have venom to kill their prey, just like other boas. Instead, they wait for an unwary mammal, fish, or amphibian to stray close enough to them. The prey is then wrapped tightly in their immensely muscular bodies as they leap, grab it in their jaws, and kill it by suffocation or crushing. Just about anything, especially fish, mammals, other reptiles and amphibians, birds, and their eggs, can be eaten by a green anaconda.


Anacondas don’t have venom to kill their prey, just like other boas. Instead, they crush and suffocate their prey.


These snakes could definitely murder and devour a person. In the wild, they do eat white-tailed deer, which may weigh over 120 pounds or roughly the weight of an adult male. However, as of yet, there have been no confirmed instances of an anaconda consuming a human.

Males are much smaller than females. These serpents can weigh up to 550 pounds, have diameters of 12 inches, and reach lengths of 30 feet. Depending on your point of view, the men in the video are either brave adventurers or naive idiots. 

Thankfully, neither they nor the large snake was harmed. The two went back to the water and continued enjoying their day on the water. It’s likely that the snake didn’t want to be bothered and that’s why it got out of the water when the men approached.

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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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