Citizens of Rio de Janeiro fortified themselves for the worst and visited the Zoological Gardens last week. There, in a caged watertank, lay 24 feet and 352 pounds of mottled horror. Hunters had stalked the jungle for nine months. Wary of their prey they had laid a great bait. At last he had come, eunectes murinus, the snatcher, coiling dangerously out of a dark stream. They took him after he had gorged and lay inert. Natives clustered about chattering, "Sucuri! Sucuri!" (local term for a reptile). They...

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