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Titanoboa cerrejonensis, the World’s Largest Snake: Extinct Anaconda-Like Serpent Believed to Have Reached 43 Feet in Length and 2,500 Pounds in Weight

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: February 6, 2009

  Well, the name says it all - Titanoboa! Snake-oriented web sites will be alive this week with news of the discovery of fossils belonging to a snake of unprecedented size.  Writing in the journal Nature, researchers from the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Florida note that Titanoboa was…

Amazing Fossil Confirms that Ancient Snakes Consumed Dinosaurs

Relevance: 80%      Posted on: March 29, 2010

Herp enthusiasts grow up hearing such things as “Reptiles and amphibians are older than the dinosaurs…”, but it is hard to imagine what this means – to actually picture creatures that look like modern-day turtles or frogs interacting with dinosaurs.  Well, interact they did – a fossil unearthed in Western…

A Giant, Dinosaur-Eating Crocodile Once Roamed the American Southeast

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Recent (March, 2010) findings by Paleontologists at Georgia’s Columbus State University helped bring to light the habits of Deinosuchus, a 29-foot-long crocodile that inhabited the region some 79 million years ago. Uncovering an Ancient Story As I mentioned when writing about an extinct snake recently (please see article below), its…

Newly Discovered Texas Dinosaur Likely Engaged in Head-Butting Contests

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Like many fellow reptile and amphibian enthusiasts, I’m very interested in dinosaurs.  Happily, there have been many exciting new discoveries as of late…a beast recently christened Texacephale langstoni is a good case in point. A New Hard-Headed Dinosaur Years ago, most folks interested in dinosaurs were limited to gawking at…

Green Anaconda Relatives – Bolivian, Dark-Spotted and Yellow Anacondas

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The massive Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) is one of the world’s best-known snakes.  I had the good fortune of participating in the first long-term study of this species in the wild (please see this article), and zoos have kept and bred them for decades.  But its relatives, despite being large,…

Anaconda Attacks – Notes from a Study of Wild Snakes in Venezuela

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Hello, Frank Indiviglio here.  Green Anacondas (Eunectes murinus) and other giant constrictors inspire tall tales among those not well-acquainted with them, and respect in those who are.  African Rock and Reticulated Pythons have taken humans as prey (please see this article), and Burmese Pythons have caused fatalities, but information concerning…

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