The Prehistoric Titanoboa is the Largest Snake Ever Discovered

Yana Bostongirl

The average boa which is typically 15 feet long and weighs an impressive 500 pounds has nothing on Titanoboa which is known to reach lengths of up to 50 feet and weigh a cool 2500 pounds! It's a good thing therefore that they existed during the Paleocene period which followed the extinction of the dinosaurs.

If the average human were to be compared to a Titanoboa in terms of size, the Titanoboa would win hands down as this excerpt elaborates: "Given that the average human ranges anywhere from 5-6 feet tall and weighs 150-200 pounds, the Titanoboa was roughly 8 times larger than the size of the average person. That’s an extreme size difference."

Titanoboa is an extinct genus of very large snakes that lived in what is now La Guajira in northeastern Colombia. In 2009, the fossils of Titanoboa cerrejonensis, the largest snake ever discovered, were found in the coal mines of Cerrejón, Colombia by a team of international scientists.

This prehistoric snake called the tropical jungles of South America home and is believed to have filled in the vacuum at the top of the food chain that occurred when the dinosaurs died out.

Further investigation revealed that this giant snake was not an apex predator as this excerpt explains: "After analyzing fossil records and skull shapes, many scientists agree that the Titanoboa was primarily a piscivorous being. This means that it consumed fish as the main portion of its diet. Given the wet and almost coastal rainforest in which the Titanoboa lived, this dietary shift compared to modern snakes makes sense."

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