Experts say the largest snake on the planet is the reticulated python, examples of which can exceed 20 feet in length. Crazy enough, they pale in comparison to the titanoboa (titanoboa cerrejonensis). this dinosaur sized super constrictor measured 45 feet in length and weighed more than a ton. This colossal snake is the biggest snake to ever slither the Earth.
Titanoboa died out with the dinosaurs nearly 60 million years ago, which will be good news to all you ophidiophobes out there (in case you can’t figure it out ophidiophobes are people who are scared of snakes) .
Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, described Titanoboa this way,
“The snake’s body was so wide that if it were moving down the hall and decided to come into my office to eat me, it would literally have to squeeze through the door.”
In conjunction with an upcoming Smithsonian Channel show about titanoboa, the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. is set to display a scientifically accurate, life-sized model of the snake on March 30, according to a written statement released by the channel.
The model represents a 48 foot monster snake, weighing in at more than 3000 pounds. It is based in part on a fossilized bone of titanoboa that was discovered in a Colombian coal mine in 2002.
After the Titanoboa makes its debut it is going to travel the country to different displays and museums.
Would you go to the museum to see a titanoboa exhibit or would you pass on seeing the world’s largest snake?