The green anaconda is the largest snake in the world. Although famous, very little is known about its life history. Until I began my research, no field studies had been carried out on the species. Due to the skin trade and habitat degradation its numbers have declined in places where they are not protected. In an effort to protect the species I, with a team of friends and colleages, began the Anaconda Project in 1992, with the aim to learn the basic aspects of the anaconda’s biology in order to create guidelines for its protection and possible management.
Among the many aspects that I have learned in a casual way from the snake, just by following them for so long is the presence of cannibalism, how often they are wounded by their own prey, the posibility that they can attack a human being. I have also learned several tricks to work with them such as how to measure, how to implant a transmitter on them with 777minimun disturbation of the behavior, among many others. My ultimate goal is to learn all the secrets of the life history of the animal and get a more first hand knowledge of it.