In a terrible fight for existence, a giant anaconda wraps itself around a deadly caiman – but who wins?
In a violent fight for existence, a GIANT anaconda wraps itself around a deadly caiman – but who wins?
Kim Sullivan of Indiana, USA, watched the 40-minute struggle between the croc and the snake along the Cuiabá River’s banks in Brazil.
When the photographer spotted the conflict in September while searching for jaguars by boat along the river, he shot these stunning photos.
Kim claims it was a once-in-a-lifetime sighting, and while predation is regular, she had never witnessed anything like the caiman-anaconda showdown.
“I wondered how the caiman got into this dilemma,” she said, “since it must have taken the anaconda a long time to work its way into this type of hold.”
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
“Watching the two struggle elicits a lot of passion and excitement.”
“Throughout the 40-minute encounter, the caiman struggled to release itself on several occasions.
“The anaconda tightened more and more as the caiman strained for air.
“The odds were 50/50 at first, but as the tussle progressed, the anaconda got the nod.”
“Finally, the caiman went under peacefully and without incident.
“I could see the anaconda’s nose tip straining for breath.”
“The caiman was still constricted by the snake when he came up, and he went below for a long time.”
“It came up free this time, and we didn’t see the snake.”
“We kept our eyes on the river until we saw the anaconda come up on the riverbank and slither back into its burrow, and the caiman quietly returned to the shore.”
“It was a tie, and no one perished on that particular day.”
Anacondas have been observed hunting large creatures in the past. An astonishing video from two years ago depicted a fight to the death between a 29-foot anaconda and a croc deep in the Amazon.
The powerful reptile couldn’t avoid getting crushed to death between the snake’s coils on that occasion.
He was around 30 feet away from the animals having his lunch when he “turned to the right and experienced a magnificent scene,” according to the wildlife photographer.