The enormous 26-foot anacondas of Mato Grosso in Brazil. It searched for prey in the murky depths.
Brave diver captured them. Snake enthusiast Franco Banfi armed only with a camera. Banfi gets up close to a huge anaconda. That it is lying on the riverbank. It glistened in the ferocious tropical heat.
It had just gobbled up a capybara rodent. Anaconda wasn’t interested in devouring him as a second course.
Banfi, a father-of-two from Switzerland, said: ‘As the snake had just eaten it didn’t take much interest in us.
‘Everything is possible but I don’t think it would have eaten us. I was very close, I could have touched it if I wanted to.’
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.’