Challenge 3: Snakes and Spiders

Bullet ant bites feel like fire. Tarantulas grow as big as a man’s hand. Giant anaconda snakes slither through the river water. Kane saw many of these during his hikes through the rain forest.

Once, a bullet ant fell down his shirt. He batted at it, but it kept biting him. Poor Kane was dizzy for the next few hours. He was also covered in swollen welts.

Kane found this small caiman while hiking through the rain forest.

One day, the group set out to find an anaconda. Their guide saw one, though Kane did not. But the track it left behind showed it was about 9 meters (nearly 30 feet) long!

One day as they hiked, Kane’s guide discovered the tracks of a large adult jaguar. These big cats are the rulers of the rain forest. They are deadly hunters. The guide said they wouldn’t get attacked if they stuck together. Still, it was scary.

End of the Road

After two weeks, Kane’s adventure came to an end. His group left the rain forest. It felt strange to see buildings everywhere.

Kane couldn’t help thinking about what the Matsés people had taught him. Everything necessary to life could be found in the rich natural world of the rain forest.