Wednesday, February 04, 2009

prehistoric mega snake

I have to admit that my friend and I share a weakness for "giant creature" movies.  Big snakes, oversize crocs, hordes of angry ravens--we'll watch them all.  (Sci-Fi channel has loads of them!)  I just saw this lovely article about a prehistoric snake that was 2500 lbs and 43 feet long.  Nice, huh? The picture (from the article) is a titanoboa's vertebra next to an anaconda's. WOW. Anacondas are big enough to eat small children.
The largest snake the world has ever known -- as long as a school bus and as heavy as a small car -- ruled tropical ecosystems only 6 million years after the demise of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex.
I think that's pretty cool.

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