Some thoughts from this episode:
It takes a lot to give me the creepy crawlies but this episode did just that. As I told my wife, after seeing this episode and seeing the various giant snakes, poisonous snakes and very large spiders, I don’t think I would ever agree to visit the Amazon. I definitely wouldn’t want to spend the night there.
I still personally feel the Giant Anaconda stories that come out of that part of the world are about as truthful as your average fish story; they saw a big snake but exaggerated the size to make it look bigger. However, that being said, I gained a whole new respect for the anaconda after seeing just how big they do get and learning about how their teeth are designed to prevent you from pulling your hand (or other body part) out of their mouth if they bite you.
In fact, I was very impressed Josh Gates didn’t go running out of that snake pit screaming like a little girl. I’m not ashamed to say I probably would have; especially when it managed to draw some blood. I really felt sorry for his producer, who is terrified of snakes (though I do think he did overreact just a little bit).
On that note, what kind of personality does a person need to have to be a professional snake wrangler? Josh spots a giant boa constrictor in the water and the guy leaps right out of the boat to grab the snake (which was about 15 feet long). There is absolutely no way I would have left that boat.
So, what was up with that bird in the rain forest? Didn’t it see that snake crawling toward it?