Scientists have discovered the vertebrae of a monstrous 50-foot snake that slithered around South America, capable of swallowing entire alligators. According to them, their return is very much possible.
We thought anacondas were scary, but what about the Titanoboa? Scientists believe that the 50-foot snake is related to the boa constrictor and anaconda. Just imagine the family photos!
Scientists claim that the snake didn’t kill with venom, but instead, it used its weight to kill its victims. They assume that the Titanoboa weighed “400lbs per square inch.” Thankfully, this snake no longer exists. Or does it? More on that shortly.
The group of scientists also found a plethora of other fossils from massive reptiles. Jonathan Bloch from the University of Florida said: “What we found was a giant world of lost reptiles - turtles the size of a kitchen table and the biggest crocodiles in the history of fossil records.”
Dr Bloch continued to discuss the Titanoboa: “After the extinction of the dinosaurs, this animal, the Titanoboa, was the largest predator on the surface of the planet for at least 10 million years.”
If you want to see a life-size version of the monstrous snake, you can always go to Washington’s Smithsonian Natural History Museum. It’s better than seeing the real thing at least!
However, scientists also believe that this discovery can help to unravel information about the Earth’s ever-changing climate. Dr Bloch said, “We think the Titanoboa became this large because it was much warmer on the equator after the dinosaurs died 60 million years ago.”
He believes the warmer climate in the past is why snakes used to be much bigger! Could the general warming up of the planet mean bigger snakes could roam Earth again? Take a look at our video for scientific insight.