Trevor Frost @tbfrost avatarTrevor Frost

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@paulrosolie catching the second anaconda of our 2 month expedition. It was discovered by @theamandafiles . This snake is little, maybe 4-5 feet, but make no mistake: it is no less important to the ongoing research to understand green anaconda ecology in primary tropical rainforests. More photos to come. #puertomaldonado #anacondas #anaconda #reptile #reptiles #snakesofinstagram #snakes #amazon #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer

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There aren't words to describe the privilege of spending time with a wild animal. After all we have done to destroy and tame their quiet corners of the earth it is surprising they even allow us to be in their company. To me there is nothing on the planet comparable except for the love of family. Even two days later all I can think of is the 3 hours I spent with this beautiful 7-8 foot green anaconda. She was resting in a shallow stream next to a clay lick so she could digest a recent meal - which is most likely an agouti. I can say without hesitation that it these moments that remind me why I spend months away from home, from family, from those I love. Thanks again to @rainforestexpeditions for allowing me to spend time with the anaconda.

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A baby smooth fronted caiman rests in the hands of @paulrosolie . Within minutes the caiman calmed - as you can see Paul is not restraining it in anyway. This image is part of our series SCALES AND SKIN, an exploration of mutual trust between humans and reptiles. Check back tomorrow for the first image of the unbelievably beautiful anaconda we found thanks to @luksth and @rainforestexpeditions @malesinha @adelaindriago #peru #puertomaldonado #caiman #croc #crocodilesofinstagram #crocodilesoftheworld #amazon #rainforest @eddiebauer

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As far as I'm aware, frogs aren't feared like snakes. Nonetheless, it is wonderful to witness a wild animal calm in human hands , presumably aware the person means them no harm. Reptiles and amphibians are Traditionally thought to be stupid and driven by instinct ; my hope is that these images breathe some new life into the way people view them. If the images don't, then I have failed. Hands belong to @paulrosolie #peru #southamerica #puertomaldonado #infierno #liveyouradventure #amazon #jungle @eddiebauer

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Today we photographed two blunt headed tree snakes. They are a common find here , and quite distinguishable with their large, cat like eyes and pencil thin bodies. One of the snakes was a gorgeous red earth color with cream colored bands (pictured) and the other was a dark grey with white bands. What struck me the most though wasn't their physical features; it was their personalities. I know it sounds crazy, but the snake pictured was quite different from the other: he or she was constantly exploring , almost curious. The other snake was content being still. This is one moment of many where i thought to myself, what is going on in that brain of yours we don't yet know. Some people say exploration is dead, I say no way. #bluntheadedtreesnake #reptilesofinstagram #snakesofinstagram #snake #amazon #jungle #peru #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer

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By my count I've been in Peru for 5 weeks. In those five weeks I've visited 6 different locations where anacondas are known to live. In total we've spent just shy of 30 days in the field, as in out exploring swamps. Of those 30 days we've encountered just one anaconda in the wild. Normally the research team I'm with will find between 6 to 10 anacondas in a month long field season. The luck has not been on my side. With only ten days left here I am beginning to worry I might not photograph a single, wild anaconda. The only thing keeping me remotely sane are the smaller snakes we've been finding almost every night , like this stunningly beautiful Amazon tree boa wrapped around @paulrosolie 's hand. As has been the case in similar photos, this snake is wild. When we first found it was defensive but after a few minutes it calmed down and rested peacefully. It was as if he or she thought Paul's hand was a simply another branch. What strikes me about snakes, among many other things, is the poetry in their pose. I hope you see it too, for they need our help. #amazon #peru #jungle #snakesofinstagram #amazontreeboa #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer

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This is the amount of gold produced by four men working illegally eleven hours everyday for four days here in the Western Amazon of Peru. It weighs 11 grams. We were told it would bring in roughly 1500 Peruvian soles, which is 454 US dollars. Much of that cash will goto the owner of the operation, while the rest will be split amongst the four workers. Most of the mercury that was used to bind the gold flakes found in the sand from the river bottom has been burned off , released into the air as a highly toxic gas that will eventually return to the regions water systems. The problem is so bad here that the government of Peru issued a declaration of emergency in 2017 because mercury levels in the water, people, and fish are dangerously high. And yet almost nothing is known about how the mercury is affecting wildlife. #conservation #peru #puertomaldonado #amazon #illegal #illegalmining #survival

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There are two main threats to the survival of anacondas here in Peru: Loss of habitat and illegal gold mining. @paulrosolie and I spent several days with illegal gold miners on the Rio Malinowski in order to document what they are doing and to better understand why they are doing it. The reason the illegal gold mining is such a threat to anacondas is the miners use highly toxic mercury to bind the almost microscopic flakes of gold together that are found in the sand in the rivers. Once the gold flakes have bonded together, the miners burn off the mercury, which is what you see in this picture: mercury gases rising into the air. Crazy how the most toxic is also often oddly beautiful. The miners themselves wear no safety masks or eye protection. The mercury you see in this picture will eventually make its way back into the streams and rivers and then into the aquatic creatures , from the fish on up to the anacondas and crocodiles. All this destruction and human health impact for little bits of low quality gold . Is there not a better way? #puertomaldonado #amazon #peru #deforestation #mining #gold #anacondas #reptiles

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This is not a wild green anaconda, it was photographed at a local reptile park run by a Peruvian biologist. That said, this beautiful snake is impossibly strong, and could easily hurt someone. But she has no interest in that, and neither do wild anacondas. Like all of us, they simply want to be left alone! As you can see in this picture she is peacefully resting her head on the palm of @paulrosolie 's hand. She stayed like this for several minutes and only moved when Paul was no longer able to support her weight. She was probably 11 feet and 80-100 pounds. Yet another feared snake that is quite the opposite of dangerous. #puertomaldonado #peru #anacondas #anaconda #reptiles #jungle #snakesofinstagram #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer

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I've never been a indecisive individual, until now. I truly can't decide which of the snakes we've found is the most beautiful. With one it is the striking color and with another it is the mesmerizing patterns. This little snake is a red tailed boa constrictor. She was brought to our hotel, apparently by a young, local boy who rescued her after she was chopped with a machete by a farmer. Her wound has healed nicely and she is very healthy, though a bit thin. Assuming she is actually female , she could easily grow to 10-12 feet long. She herself isn't old at all. We will feed her once when the weather warms and then release her back into the wild far from humans where she can roam free. Can all of you help us name her?????? Comment below! #boaconstrictor #redtailedboa #snakesofinstagram #snakes #reptiles #peru #puertomaldonado #amazon #jungle #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer

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Life in the Amazon is hard. It seems without warning a cold front has arrived here in the Western Amazon of Peru. Outside the humid tropics the temperature (13 degrees Celsius or about 58 degrees Fahrenheit) would be quite pleasant but there is so much moisture in the air the cold cuts to your bones. The thing is this means the Anacondas are really cold, and that means they will be on a desperate hunt for warmth. And this of course means our chances of finding them have just increased exponentially. Tomorrow we head back to a place we call the floating forest to look for them. Tomorrow might be the day after almost a month of searching for the world's largest snake that I finally see what I've come to the Amazon to document. #peru #puertomaldonado #amazon #snakesofinstagram #reptiles #jungle #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer

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A black skinned parrot snake calm and content in the palm of @paulrosolie 's hand. It is amazing to witness how these wild creatures learn within a few minutes that we aren't a threat. On many of the snakes we found ticks , which we removed , and it was as if the snakes even knew we were helping them. Yet another potent reminder all creatures on this Earth are far smarter than we think. @eddiebauer #liveyouradventure

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