Cryptid 064b Megaconda
Amazon River, South America
Type: Super Animals
Evidence: Sightings, pictures exist which appear to show a snake in excess of 100 feet however these photos often do not contain any point of reference to base the creatures size and are dismissed as inconclusive.
Possible Population size: Unknown. Ultimately every anaconda has the potential to become a giant.
It's fairly general knowledge that reptiles continue to grow all of their lives. On average, anacondas can grow to roughly thirty feet, however some explorers and native peoples of the Amazon River basin have reported sightings of anacondas in exess of fifty to a hundred+ feet.
One of the first reported sightings from explorers occurred in 1907 by adventurer Major Percy H. Fawcett. Major Fawcett was sent by the Royal Geographic Society to survey the Rio Abuna and Acre Rivers when he and a group of natives were drifting along the Rio Negro River. At one point in the trip he spotted a great triangular serpentine head appearing at the bow of his boat, Fawcett opened fire hitting the creature in the spine. The giant snake thrashed the water into a foamy frenzy all around the boat as it violently died from its wounds. According to Fawcett, the snake measured 45 feet out of the water and 17 feet in the water, a total of 62 feet. Though this massive snake was remarkably long the diameter was relatively small, only 12 inches. Unfortunately Fawcett had no way to carry the massive creature back from the interior of the Amazon, once publicized his account was received with ridicule even though he insisted his account was both truthful and accurate.
Herpetologist Raymond Ditmars rejected Fawcetts story on the grounds that anacondas where not thought to get much longer than 19 feet, a number that was soon increased to 30 feet. Decades after Fawcetts encounter Bernard Heuvelmans came to his defense arguing that Fawcetts writings where generally honest and reliable. Heuvelmans also noted in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals that American herpetologist Thomas Barboor, Brazilian expert Dr. Afranio do Amaral of the Institute at Butantan and Doctor Jose Condido de Melo of the Rio de Janeiro Zoo all agreed that 45 feet should be the accepted maximum length.
In an article which appeared in the International Society of Cryptozoology newsletter J. Richard Greenwell mentions that a 1944 petroleum expedition in Columbia claimed to have measured a 37 foot long anaconda, however this claim is not always regarded as reliable. Perhaps a more credible report came from scientist Vincent Roth who claimed to have shot and killed an anaconda in British Guiana that measured 34 feet.
Though these two encounters are generally dismissed by modern science there are plenty of researchers who still believe that the Giant Anaconda swims the waters of the Amazon to this day, and if you wanted to hide a giant snake anywhere in the world, the Amazon River might just be the perfect place to do so.
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