'Anaconda man' Paul Rosolie wants to be next Steve Irwin

December 1, 2014 1:41 PM

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'Anaconda man' Paul Rosolie wants to be next Steve Irwin

In his nearly 10 years studying anacondas in the Amazon, researcher and conservationist Paul Rosolie, 27, has faced his share of danger. The giant reptile is known to grow up to 30 feet in length — and strikes its prey using its teeth and powerful jaws before crushing it with its massive body. Rosolie has been bit by one of the snakes and seized by one in a chokehold — suffering from a broken rib and a nearly popped collarbone before five people were able to pry it off him.

But none of that compares to what he endured in his first TV special, “Eaten Alive,” which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel and documents Rosolie’s attempt to get ingested by a giant green anaconda — all in the name of bringing attention to the rapid destruction of the Amazon and, of ...

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