Daredevil swims with massive 12ft long anaconda
A daredevil swam underwater with a massive 12-FOOT-LONG anaconda even letting it wrap its body around his neck and torso.
Wearing nothing but a pair of cargo pants, Charles Wieand took a relaxing dip with the 100lb snake while it slithered and squirmed over his body.
As Charles holds his breath under the surface of the BioNova natural pool in Ojai, California, USA, the reptile appears to lick his fingers while it binds his waist.
In total, the comedian, who is known for his outdoor stunts, dived and splashed with the mammoth anaconda for half an hour on Wednesday December 7.
Charles, from Columbus, Ohio, USA, said: “It was awe inspiring being able to swim that closely with an anaconda.
“The way it moved was breath-taking, it was so comfortable in the water.
“I wasn’t overly worried as I know the snake’s owner so was aware of its personality, however but you never know what can happen.
“In the end, it was really relaxing have it swim over and around me, almost meditative.
“I even managed to give it a quick hug.”
Charles – who has relaxed on a lilo surrounded by alligators and done some bee keeping in the buff – is no stranger to extreme stunts, which he posts on his YouTube channel, Outdoor Adventures with Charles.
Despite that experience, taking a snake much more suited to being underwater than himself for a dip, presented a unique set of circumstances.
Charles said: “If anything goes wrong below the surface, you drown.
“As long as you know how to interact with them they can be pretty friendly.
“Having had freediving training I can hold my breath for upwards of three minutes, however I kept my time underwater shorter just for safety and to give her plenty of breaks in between diving.
“Anacondas can stay underwater for 10 minutes so that really is their realm and I wanted to make sure I could get out of the water if anything went south.”
Despite planning the stunt for a few months, Charles wanted to do it as a tribute for his freediving trainer Mike Kellenbarger.
Charles said: “Sadly Mike tragically passed away in a car accident in October.
“I had talked to him about what I was going to do and he called me crazy, but loved the idea.
“I wish he could have been here to see it.
“He was really my freediving mentor so I could not even have thought about trying this without him.”