Footage circulating online claims to show the largest anaconda ever captured and measured, a gigantic specimen allegedly measuring 10 meters (32.8 feet) discovered at a construction site in northern Brazil earlier this year.
The giant snake was allegedly discovered after construction workers at the Belo Monte Dam site in Brazil set off an explosion to destroy a cave that was impeding construction work.
The Belo Monte Dam is a hydroelectric dam complex currently being constructed on the Xingu River in the Altamira municipality of Para state in northern Brazil. The dam is expected to be the fourth-largest in the world in terms of installed capacity, after the Three Gorges Dam in China, the Itaipu Dam on the Brazilian-Paraguay border and the Xiluodu Dam in China.
According to reports, after the smoke and dust of an explosion set off to destroy a cave impeding construction cleared, shocked workers clearing out the collapsed cave reportedly encountered a 33-foot-long Jurassic Park-style reptilian monster, weighing about 400 kg. (about 880 lbs.) and measuring about one meter in diameter (see footage below).
The monster was apparently killed, then lifted with a crane, loaded on a truck and transported away from the site.
Footage (see above), reportedly captured by one of the shocked construction workers who witnessed the incident, was first uploaded online on February 1, 2016 by YouTube user Alexandre Flores. Copies of the footage soon emerged on several other YouTube channels on February 3, 2016, including the channel Weird Animals.
The video clip showing the incredible reptilian has received more than 2 million views on the Weird Animals’ YouTube channel and more than 500,000 on Flores’ YouTube channel.
However, Weird Animals and other YouTube channels that featured the alarming footage were soon besieged by angry animal lovers and activists who criticized the construction workers for killing the snake instead of allowing it to continue living in the wild. Other animal lovers suggested that the construction workers should have moved it to another location where it can be taken care of.
But some viewers defended the construction workers, claiming they killed the reptile accidentally while blowing up caves to make way for the Belo Monte Dam under construction. However, some YouTube users claimed the snake was alive at the time it was captured. The viewers claimed it appeared to be clinging to the crane as it was being lifted up.
Another user claimed it appeared the construction workers killed it by smashing its head.
“More like… giant anaconda killed in Brazil,” a YouTube viewer reacted angrily to the title of the video, “Giant Anaconda Found in Brazil.”
“It’s horrible what humans can do,” another animal lover commented.
“F***ing humans, leave her alone, she is just want to live in her habitat,” a third angry animal lover commented.
“Why would you kill such a beautiful snake,” a fourth viewer wondered.
“Why kill it? Why not move it to a zoo or just let it go? It is a shame that humans kill these rare animals.”
One YouTube user, who also claimed to be an animal lover, defended the construction workers.
“To all the people getting angry about killing it, I am a hard-core snake lover,” the YouTube user commented. “But they were doing construction, and it was in the way. Do you know how hard it is to move a 30-foot snake, especially a wild anaconda? Anacondas are extremely aggressive snakes. Even in captivity, they’re extremely hard to tame down. A wild one, I wouldn’t want to mess with at all. These guys weren’t looking for snakes…”
Some viewers expressed skepticism about the claim that the snake was up to 33 feet long, saying the claim was an exaggeration.
“This is fake, the video used camera angle technique, so the snake looks bigger on video,” a skeptic said.
“I live in Brazil, this is fake,” another viewer commented. “This is a photomontage.”
The skepticism was justified because there was no evidence the snake was measured at the site. It was also difficult to judge the actual length of the snake from the footage.
The current Guinness World Record for the longest snake in captivity is held by Medusa, a reticulated python measured at 25 feet and 2 inches (7.67 meters) on October 12, 2011 (see video below). The creature is owned by the Full Moon Productions Inc., a company in Kansas City, Missouri.
The website Extreme Science reports that the record confirmed length measurement for an anaconda is 28 feet, and a girth of 44 inches. The beast was not weighed, but experts estimated it must have weighed more than 225 kilograms (550 lbs).
However, the world record holders for length are Asiatic reticulated pythons found in the southeast Asian countries of Indonesia and the Philippines.
An Asiatic reticulated python found and shot in Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 1912, measured 32 feet 10 inches.
But anacondas have the biggest girth.
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