Titanoboa is the largest snake known to man! It measures about 1 meter (3 ft) in diameter at the thickest part of the body. The boa lived approximately 10 years after the dinosaur extinction event and fed on crocodiles och giant turtels. Because snakes are ectothemic, the discovery implies that the tropics, the creature's habitat, must have been warmer than previously thought, averaging about 30°C (90°F). The warmer climate on the Earth allowed cold-blooded snakes to attain much larger sizes
than modern snakes.
- Length: 12-15 meters (40-50 feet)
- Weight: about 1,200 kg (2,500 lb)
- Lived: 58-60 million years ago in South America.
This is a vertebra from a modern anaconda and a fossilised vertebra from a Titanoboa. Guess which one belongs to the titanoboa?