Anaconda That Ate Neighbor's Dog Released
A reptile enthusiast in French Guiana received a call from a neighbor who told him that an anaconda had just eaten his dog and wanted the snake removed from his property. Sebastien Bascoules, 39, a math teacher and self proclaimed reptile lover who has been handling reptiles since he was 10 years old sprung to action and captured the snake in a stream behind his neighbor's house.
While Bascoules grabbed and secured the reptile’s head, his friend grabbed the tail. According to Bascoules, the snake, a green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) was more than 5 meters in length, or more than 16 feet. He estimated the snake to be about 175 pounds.
After capturing the snake, Bascoules put a hood over its head, and because it just ate, it calmed down quite a bit, based on the video of the snake with children laying next to it. Bascoules then placed the snake in his bath tub for the night and the next day, released the animal about six miles away in a larger body of water.
The green anaconda can be found in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Colombia, Venezuela and the island of Trinidad. It is one of the largest of the constricting snakes and is the subject of folklore and Hollywood movies.
John B. Virata keeps a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata