In1846, George Gardner wrote about his travels in
In 1907, Major Percy Fawcett, explorer , whilst in the Amazon, told of two encounters with the Sucuriju gigante. The first mention was when the manager at Yorongas told Fawcett he had killed an anaconda fifty-eight feet long in the Lower Amazon. Then although initially doubtful he has his own encounter:
We were drifting along in the sluggish current not far below the confluence of the
In May 1922 Father Victor Heinz saw a monster snake near the town of
In 1923, F.W. Up de Graff reported that an anaconda he had seen lying in the water beneath his canoe measured fifty feet in length.
Father Heinz then had a second encounter in 1929. This however was not quite as dramatic. He was at the mouth of the Rio Piaba, near Alemquer, when he saw two large lights appear near the surface of the water. He was told the giant anaconda lived in the area and presumed it was it’s eyes in the water.
Father Heinz than started collecting stories about the giant snakes. These included the accounts of trader Reymondo Zima who said that in July 1930 he had come across a serpent with glowing eyes in the Rio Jamunda, opposite the town of
Bernard Heuvelmans, wrote the about Sucuriju Gigante, and said a skin kept at the Butantan Institute in
The Diario, the newspaper of Pernambuco in
In 1995 botanist Grace Rebelo dos
So could a snake really be that big? It is possible as snakes have been found 23 feet ( about 7.6 metres) long and who is to say that there are not large versions out there. I would love to see one, but not up close! Snakes are fascinating creatures.
For interest some more about Percy Fawcett:http://www.phfawcettsweb.org/anaconda.htm