National Geographic : 1999 Jan
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OnAssignment * ANACONDAS wildlife isn't always friendly. It's a Looooong Story "The bad thing about snakes is you never see one until you're "Sure, I'm scared of snakes," ad- next to it," he says. That's true mits photographer Bob Caputo, even of anacondas, like the 14 who has good reason to be. He's footer (above) he tangled with made a GEOGRAPHIC career of for fun-after researchers pulled shooting stories in Africa, where it from its murky wetland lair on a ranch in Venezuela. "If some thing is that big," says Bob, "it's almost not a snake anymore." Bob slithered onto the subject of the big snakes while covering the Orinoco River for the April 1998 issue. "There's a nice ana conda in that one too," he says. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17THST N.W.,WASHINGTON,D.C . 20036-4688. $27.00A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY.PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D.C., AND AT ADDITIONALMAILING OFFICES.POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O .BOX 63002,TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.