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On Filming Eaten Alive: In Search of the World’s Largest Snake in the Amazonian Wild West

A twenty-foot anaconda, one of the greatest predators on the planet, has me in its grasp. It’s impossible to describe the power — and the overwhelming primal fear — as coils as thick as my waist tighten around me from beneath the water’s surface. Scales race over my skin in the cold black of the water. My bones flex under the weight of the crush. I sink deeper. There’s nothing I can do but wait for the inevitable snapping of bones and loss of consciousness.

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