Franco Banfi, a 53 year-old explorer who is an avid snake lover has unearthed images of the huge 26-foot anacondas of Mato Grosso in Brazil.
The Mato Grosso do Sul is a Brazilian river and Banfi was able to take numerous photos of the huge snake scanning the water for food, which comes in the form of mice, fish or birds.
The Swiss diver and his team visited the region for ten-days and were able to locate several of these beasts and get extremely close to them as they laid on the riverbank. One particular anaconda had recently eaten a capybara rodent so was resting and not hungry.
Banfi, who is a father-of-two stated, "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."
Throughout his trip he unearthed six different female anaconda snakes in the Mato Grosso do Sul region, which is in the heart of South America.
"At the first moment it's scary because you don't know the animal and everybody say it's dangerous," added Banfi. "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."
Banfi then went on to state, "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."