Thursday, March 14, 2013

World's Biggest Snake Titanicboa


World's biggest snake
The world's biggest snake was a massive anaconda-like beast that slithered through steamy tropical rain forests about 60 million years ago, says a new study that describes the ancient giant.
World's Biggest Snake ever
Titanic Boa is the largest snake ever discovered. They were between 12 and 15 meters or 39 and 49 ft in length and weighed about 1,135 kg or 2,500 lbs with a diameter of 1 m or 40 in at the thickest part of the body. It is believed to have lived approximately 60 to 58 million years ago, in the Paleocene epoch. It was recently discovered in Columbia.
Fossils found in northeastern Colombia's Cerrejon coal mine indicate the reptile, dubbed Titanoboa cerrejonesis, was at least 42 feet (13 meters) long and weighed 2,500 pounds (1,135 kilograms).
"That's longer than a city bus and … heavier than a car," said lead study author Jason Head, a fossil-snake expert at the University of Toronto Mississauga in Canada and a research associate with the Smithsonian Institution.
Biggest Snake in the World
World's biggest snake ever recorded is Titanoboa Snake was 48 Feet Long and Weighed-2500-Pounds
Previously the biggest snake known was Gigantophis garstini, which was 36 to 38 feet (11 to 11.6 meters) long. That snake lived in North Africa about 40 million years ago.
Hans-Dieter Sues, associate director for research and collections at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, was not involved with the study but has seen the snake fossils.
Sues noted that humans would stand no chance against one of these giants, which killed their prey by slow suffocation.
"Given the sheer size—the sheer cross-section of that snake—it would be probably like one of those devices they use to crush old cars in a junkyard," Sues said.
Biggest Snake in the world
Biggest Anaconda in the World- Titanicboa
In addition, the snake's heft indicates that it lived when the tropics were much warmer than they are today, a find that holds potential implications for theories of once and future climate change.
Biggest Snake in the World
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