Motorists in Brazil were forced to make an unexpected stop last week when a huge anaconda slithered down several lanes of a highway.
The video, which quickly went viral, showed the three-meter boa crossing the street in Porto Velho, a city in the northwestern state of Rondônia.
As the giant snake slowly moved over the center divider of the highway, curious and brave onlookers came forward to capture the event.
An anaconda stops traffic on a highway in northwest Brazil as residents pause to take videos and photos. An online video has gained more than 2 million views.
Motorists were forced to slam on their vehicles’ brakes and wait patiently for a 10-foot snake to cross the road in the northwestern Brazilian city of Porto Velho.
Despite the anaconda’s menacing features, two men (pictured) walk up to film it
According to the Brazilian outlet G1 Globo, the snake was most likely looking for a snack.
The creature was at least 10 years old and weighed about 66 pounds, according to biologist Flavio Terassini.
“These snakes can appear in urban areas in search of food, which are small rodents, and in the city they can feed on dogs and even cats,” said Terassini.
‘So it’s good to be careful not to leave garbage in the yard because these animals can smell rodents or… come close to houses, especially in the rainy season.’
The video was originally shared by Italo Nascimento Fernandes on April 22 and has attracted more than two million views.
The anaconda, which is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, can grow to over 25 feet in length and weigh close to 500 pounds.
Residents of Porto Velho, Rondônia, closely follow the 10-foot anaconda as it moved over the highway’s median divider.
According to a local biologist, the anaconda moved from one side of the road to the other in search of a snack.