Thursday, February 5, 2009
Above: Artists rendering of Titanoboa stalking its prey, a prehistoric crocodile.
A couple days ago, paleontologists excavated the largest snake vertebrae EVER from a mine in Colombia. It is estimated that the snake, a new species which was named Titanoboa cerrejones, was probably about 45 feet long and weighed approximately 2,500 lbs. Scientists guess they existed about 60 million years ago, just after the end of the Cretaceous period.
Below: Titanoboa vertebrae (right) shown next to the verebrae of a modern 17-foot-long long boa (left).
Below: A couple pictures of some big-ass snakes.
And, of course, some video: