The moment a man captures an 17ft anaconda which had just eaten his friend's dog in French Guiana has been caught on camera
Sebastien Bascoules, 39, was filmed hauling the 175lb snake out of a river near his home in French Guiana.
He clamped the 17ft reptile's jaws shut with his hands while his friend carried its tail out of the water.
The snake was then blindfolded with a T-shirt so it couldn't find and crush anything or anyone nearby.
He said: "A friend phoned me and explained that his dog, Minus, had been eaten by an anaconda close to his house.
"At first I was not scared because I thought it was smaller - but I was very surprised by his strength and his length - more than five metres.
"Since I was 10 years old I have liked handling reptiles but this was the biggest snake I had ever seen and I had ever caught.
"It was so big I asked to my friend to help me by catching his tail - otherwise it could strangulate me.
"Because it was digesting the dog it was very calm before I touched it."
Mr Bascoules kept the anaconda in his bath overnight before driving six miles from his house and releasing the reptile into swamps.
"I chose this country because of its fauna - particularly reptiles and amphibians.
"It is really common to come across snakes in French Guiana, there are 98 species here.
"I have caught between 15 and 20 anacondas. To capture a snake this size is a dream come true."