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Snake lovers all over marvel at the Titanoboa, a prehistoric reptile that once roamed the Earth with its colossal size and intimidating presence. Belonging to the genus of snakes known as Titanoboa, it is estimated to have lived around 58 to 60 million years ago during the Paleocene epoch.
With an average length of about 40 feet (12 meters) and weighing over a ton, Titanoboa earned its place as one of the largest snakes ever known to exist. Its sheer girth and power made it an apex predator in the swamps and forests it called home.
Titanoboa thrived during a unique period in Earth's history when it was inhabited by diverse ancient creatures. This was a time when the supercontinent of Pangea had already broken apart, and the world was becoming more recognizable as separate continents formed.
The remnants of Titanoboa were discovered in a fossil-rich site known as Cerrejón, located in present-day Colombia. Excavations that began in the early 2000s unearthed numerous fossilized remains, including skulls, vertebrae, and ribs, allowing scientists to reconstruct and understand this remarkable creature. The team recovered 186 fossils of the creature in the city of La Guajira
The excavation process required delicate handling to preserve the fragile fossils. Geologists, paleontologists, and other specialists worked tirelessly to document and meticulously reconstruct the skeleton of Titanoboa. Through their meticulous efforts, scientists gained invaluable insights into the ancient natural world.
Titanoboa stands as a testament to the extraordinary creatures that once inhabited our planet. Something so large and dangerous doesn't exist today, but its certainly interesting to see how it doesn't appear that much different from our snakes today.