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Paul Rosolie  Author|Explorer|Conservationist #wildlife #conservation #explorer #adventure #snakes

They definitely need to chill with these world-whatever-days. Now there is a day for everything. It’s getting ridiculous. But if anything deserves a day it’s the rainforest. Those magical forests where life is everywhere. Where trillion tiny life forms interact to create the systems that make this world what it is. We owe them more than most of us will ever know. .
I have no idea what this is - but that is what is so great about he Amazon. There is still so much to discover! @mohsinkazmitakespictures and I were in complete awe. I love this image.
#worldrainforestday @rainforestalliance @junglekeepers
Photo by @mohsinkazmitakespictures

As @tbfrost and I were observing an anaconda digesting an agouti this Harpy eagle came to watch. It stayed with us for hours - obviously fascinated with the large snake. I don’t think the eagle could actually have predated on the anaconda but it certainly was curious - and made for one of the most amazing wildlife moments of my life. We were left speechless to be in the presence of the apex predator of the water and the apex predator of the sky at the same time! Magic in the Amazon!
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Anaconda pic is by @tbfrost -

There is a reason anacondas are so hard to study - it’s partly due to their cryptic behavior - they stay in water and mud and places that human are morphologically ill equipped to go. But the other problem is their size. These snakes can be immensely strong. This fifteen foot female took every ounce of my strength to capture in a shallow stream. If she’d been in deep water there would be no chance.
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Photo by @gowrivaranashi

After 35 days of swamping and exploring we still hadn’t found an anaconda. Then the tip came from @luksth that he’d seen an @instagram post by @adelaindriago - there was an anaconda which had just eaten an agouti (which is a house-cat sized rodent). So we drove up the Tambopata River to find the spot. What came next was one of the most incredible wildlife encounters of my life. As we photographed the anaconda (7-8 feet) a young harpy eagle came to watch. For almost three hours we moved around this anaconda - all the while the harpy eagle watched us curiously from a branch only 30ft away! Check out @tbfrost ‘s shots of this snake coming soon on @natgeo // Mil gracias to everyone at @rainforestexpeditions that made this possible!! 🦋🦎🙏🙏🙏🦎🦋

A monkey frog moving across a leaf in the western Amazon - stunning colors! 😍🦋🦎🐍😍

Today on the @natgeo Instagram there’s a pic of me holding an anaconda peacefully in my open palm. @tbfrost and I are doing a series of animals calm in human hands. But it’s a small one in his pic. This anaconda is the world record for largest wild caught verifiably measured anaconda. The question I’ve been asking myself though, is would I let this dragon of a snake lay unrestrained on my palm? I don’t know. Not to mention that I wouldn’t be able to hold up my arm! (This snake was 220 pounds! 19 feet!) Follow along as we continue to study the largest species of snake in the world. .
Photo by @gowrivaranashi

Years ago there was a six foot caiman that stayed at the top of a waterfall on my favorite stream. She would sit in the current with the water running through her mouth and catch passing fish. Often there would be a kingfisher (bird) that would perch just above her - also interested in the fish. If I walked quietly I could see them both standing there in the jungle, hunting and basking as the waterfall flowed. If you went too close though the kingfisher would fly - and the mamma caiman would scramble down the waterfall and vanish into the blue water pools below. She was killed a few years back by fishermen who put a net in one of those pools. The stream is deep in the forest and it is uncommon for anyone to go there - but these hunters did. And it cost my favorite caiman her life. I found her bones while out one day and was heartbroken. // This is one of her babies that I held around that time. Just several inches and full of rage. I've watched these babies grow over the last few years and this year saw something that made me so proud and happy - one of these little monsters has survived to become a legitimately large caiman (maybe 5 feet right now) and has resumed her mother's place at the top of the falls. I just saw her a few weeks ago. And now, because of the work of @junglekeepers - she is in no danger - and can continue snatching fish from the flow and live a long wild life. This waterfall and the forest it flows through, are safe.
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Photo by @gowrivaranashi

Everyone's favorite folivore (leaf eaters) - each morning in the howler monkeys start roaring just as night begins to fade. They bring in the morning. They also love to sing when thunderstorms are about to hit. These are a slow moving monkey - not like the action packed acrobatic spider monkeys. Howlers often will look down from the canopy at you - full of calm curiosity. When you see them in that stunning red against the dark green jungle and an iron sky - it's truly something special. .
Photo by @mohsinkazmitakespictures

I’m taking a one day break from Amazonian posts to share his moment I spent with an elephant. Today is UN World Environment Day - with a special focus on plastic pollution. At a time when 1/2 of the global population lives in cities, it can be easy for most people to forget that the products we use in our every day life - the choices we make as consumers - affect the rest of the species we share this world with. Plastic is a major problem in oceans and rivers alike. In India I've seen rivers choked with packaging, flipflops, and all manner of waste. But what struck me the most was seeing that wild elephants (tempted by sweet flavors left in milk packs and garlic paste especially) were consuming trash. I have seen areas of forest where much of the elephant dung on the ground is riddled with bags and tetra packs. It is a sad thing to see. We owe it to ourselves, and to all the other species we share the world with, to become far more aware of how plastic affects ecosystems and the creatures that we depend on and love. .
Below the water her trunk was around my waste. It was scary and magical at once. .
Photo by: @gowrivaranashi

Check out my caption and @tbfrost ‘s photo on the @natgeo Instagram feed. This was such a beautiful snake and a reminder of how gentle and fascinating snakes are - it’s a wonder to me that people are so scared of them.

Insects twirl through the night sky - deep in the West Amazon. This was a stunning black water tributary where black caiman came to check out our camp. There are local legends that this place is haunted by forest spirits - it’s not a welcoming place. But it’s on the edge of one of the largest swamps in the region. That means anacondas. Expedition life is rough but it’s worth all the bugs and sun and discomfort for the chance to see these last truly wild places..

Rear fanged and mildly venomous the black skinned parrot snake is actually tiny - this one's head was the size of my finger tip. We found him in our bathroom at our jungle research station while out with @tamanduaexpeditions and spent some time admiring the incredible black and green pattern. They open their mouth as a threat display - that isn't very intimidating. Even a bird could slurp this little guy up without too much trouble. What a beautiful little snake! Stunning photo by @isha_ela .
Too see more check out @tbfrost ‘s parrot snake pick now on @natgeo -

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