September has been a busy month for reports of giant reptiles. First a record breaking crocodile was captured in the Philippines.
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Now, YahooNews reports that a massive 18-foot green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) was captured by a group exploring the Rewa River in Surinam. Where are Ice Cube, J-Lo, and Owen Wilson when you need them?
Niall McCann, a 29-year-old biologist from Wales, Robert Pickles, and their guides found the anaconda while trekking through a section of the Rewa River never before surveyed by scientists. They captured the snake in 2009, but didn't release photos until recently.
"The animals there had never seen people before so you could get incredibly close to them," McCann told YahooNews in an interview.
The team spotted the sizeable serpent on the river bank, but didn't tackle it at first.
"When you first see something of that size you just don't know how it will respond. We were very scared, we had heard innumerable horror stories of them taking people and killing them - you know this is a seriously dangerous animal you are faced with," McCann said.