See A Fisherman Wrestle A Gigantic Anaconda In Terrifying Footage

A video of a Brazilian fisherman harassing a massive anaconda has resurfaced, and it's just as horrifying as ever.

By Michileen Martin | Published

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As Sir Mix-a-Lot told us in the 1992 hit, “Baby Got Back,” sometimes an anaconda “don’t want none.” That’s certainly the case in the horrifying footage below, in which a Brazilian fisherman is filmed trying to capture an absolutely monster-sized anaconda. The snake escapes and the fisherman survives, but considering the horror movie fuel below, it’s impossible to not imagine the situation going in another direction.

While the footage resurfaced this Friday, according to Unilad it dates back to 2014. As you can see in the video, the huge anaconda has a massive bulge, indicating it had recently eaten. Not only does this probably explain at least part of why the snake didn’t “want none” but it means that the fisherman harassing the beast was putting it in a good deal of danger.

As Unilad reported, some on social media explained that when an anaconda is still digesting its meal, stressing it out could potentially cause it to regurgitate. That regurgitation would not only be really gross, but if its most recent meal was large enough, regurgitating it could kill the snake.

Unilad says the video comes from Brazil’s Santa Maria River and also claims the fisherman seen on the video and two others were fined $600 each for messing with the anaconda. Considering they harassed something that looks like it could’ve been guarding the gates of Moria in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, we’d say they got off cheap.

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While they look scary — and the 1997 film Anaconda literally turned the snake into a monster — the truth is that anaconda attacks on humans are rare. Newsweek‘s coverage of the video indicates that not only did the fisherman fail to get a more violent response because the beast had recently eaten, but that the snake was actually lucky to get away. During the digestion of a large meal, the snakes get slower and more sluggish.

Often after eating such a meal, in fact, anacondas will simply “find a sunny warm place and sit there for weeks.” That probably explains why the fisherman was able to come upon the snake in the first place, though it also means it was impressive the animal was able to summon the energy to get away.

We don’t know exactly what kind of anaconda this was, though it could very well be the green anaconda which, by weight, is the largest snake in the world (while the longest snake in the world is the reticulated python). They are native to the more tropical areas of South America.

If you ever see an anaconda, feel free to take pictures and/or video for Twitter, but maybe skip the part where you grab its tail and treat it like a jump rope. Both you and the snake are likely to live longer.