Sunday, February 22, 2009

Snake Longer than A School Bus

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This is an interesting site which I check for "Sightings and ideas...This particular post made me realize how close I am to Indiana Jones...I hate snakes....

"The dossier is impressive ~Titanoboa ~ at least 43 feet long, 2,500 pounds (1,140 kg) and its massive body at least 3 feet (1 meter) wide!

“It is a mind-bogglingly big snake. This thing is a crocodile eater, catching and eating them in the water. It was a bad day for the crocs,” paleontologist Jason Head of the University of Toronto Mississauga said in a media interview.

Paleontologist Jonathan Bloch of the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History said, “When people think of Tyrannosaurus rex and how huge that thing was, this really is in the order of magnitude of Tyrannosaurus rex, in terms of length and in terms of caliber of gigantic.”

“At its greatest width, the snake would have come up to about your hips. The size is pretty amazing,” said co-author P. David Polly, from Indiana University at Bloomington. “Probably like an anaconda, it spent a lot of time in the water.”

The colossal newly discovered snake Titanoboa cerrejonensis, from Colombia. Jason Bourque, University of Florida/Handout

“Indiana Jones take heart: A snake on the loose 58 million years ago would help everyone understand your phobia,” exclaimed Janice Lloyd at USA Today.

“It was the all-time titan of snakes — a monster as long as a Tyrannosaurus rex that stalked a steamy South American rain forest after the demise of the dinosaurs and ate crocodiles for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” noted Will Dunham of the News Daily.

“Any character in a B-list film would yelp ‘Snake? Snaaaake!’ upon spotting a specimen stretching longer than a school bus – and now scientists have uncovered the remains of such a beast,” wrote Jeremy Hsu at PopSci."


Anonymous said...

Oddly enough, I'm more firghtened of the really little snakes!
They seem nastier somehow:)

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Thanks for coming by.I hate all sizes and shudder even reading abouut this one with the added update making it worse.