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Photo: @tbfrost | Almost nothing is known about green anacondas in the primary rainforest of the Amazon. A team of researchers I'm traveling with here is trying to change that. Unfortunately, the only Anaconda we've come across in nearly three weeks is this dead one , which was killed with multiple machete blows to the head. It seems that every snake locals see , they kill. This anaconda was killed because it was trying to eat a chicken , but it probably didn't have a choice as the swamp that was once its home has largely been filled in with sand so people can build homes. This isn't a new problem , it is a classic conservation issue, but what makes it worse in this situation is so little is known about green anacondas here in Peru researchers can't say how devastating or not the loss of a single snake is to the ecosystem and the survival of the species.
If you want to follow me as I look for the largest snake in the world in the swamps of the Amazon rainforest, I'm @tbfrost

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