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Monday, February 8, 2010

Snakes Alive!



Photo from the Rivas' website

A few days ago, we watched a fascinating program on a pair of research scientists named Jesus and Sarah Rivas and their study of anacondas. Anacondas are enormous snakes in South America that slither through watery areas looking for prey to crush and consume. The scientists (a married couple) walk barefoot and bare-legged through the water. They use a long stick to poke around in front of them which assists in locating the anacondas. Once found, one of the researchers grabs the head of the snake and then they both work hard to wrestle into submission the remaining portion of a long, writhing, twisting, turning, powerful body.

Talk about bravery! The mere thought of walking barefoot in swampy, creepy crawly areas populated with the largest snakes in the world (not to mention crocodiles and other assorted critters looking for an easy meal) puts this couple in line for Heroes of the Year in my book. What people won't do in the name of research!

As Critter Alley blog readers know, I've had a run-in or two with snakes in the past. Therefore not only do I refrain from seeking snakes out, but I pale at any encounter with them. A blood-curdling scream and hasty retreat are my primary means of defense.

Beyond the shiver-enducing anacondas, there were other critters in the program that drew my interest enough to find out more about them.

Hint: They're big, too. Really big.

Results will be revealed in my next blog.

9 comments:

Twinkietinydog said...

I love those crazy nature scientists. I'm going to apply for an assistant's position. Did you know most snakes are not dangerous? Of course you do. Sorry. Trying to make you feel better, but don't know how :)
Twink!

Twinkietinydog said...

I love those crazy nature scientists. I'm going to apply for an assistant's position. Did you know most snakes are not dangerous? Of course you do. Sorry. Trying to make you feel better, but don't know how :)
Twink!

Judy said...

Uh...no, thank you. They can have their place on this planet, and I'll keep to mine!

Linda O'Connell said...

My coworker is a nature nut and she tells students how to identify venomous snakes by their eyes: the ones with slits, not round eyes. I don't want to be close enough to find out.

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Agh, they are either brave or insane!
That is one big reptile, you wouldn't see me within a mile of it.
Lynne

nlindabrit said...

EEK!!! Rather them than me!

Tammy said...

*Shudder!!!* Cool story, though. What do they do with the snakes once they catch them?

Cozy in Texas said...

I have two words to say on the dangers of creepy critters - Steve Irwin.

That Fish Lady said...

I think that sounds like a lot of fun!