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Titanoboa : The World’s Largest Snake

Some scientists in Colombia have found fossils of prehistoric monsters which is suspected as the world’s largest snake that ever lived on earth. Snakes that are named Titanoboa cerrejonensis was thought to have weighed over 1 ton and up to nearly 14 meters long.
Some scientists believe this snake lived on earth about 58 million to 60 million years ago. Geologist, David Polly, who estimated the size and weight Titanoboa based on the position of fossils.


“The size of the snake was really huge. However, the research team was still thinking about how much heat is needed to warm the earth snake that big. ”
Titanoboa fossils discovered by a team of international scientists in a coal mine in tropical regions Cerrejon, Colombia. “Snakes are very big this really invites the imagination, but the fact that there has surpassed fantasy in Hollywood though,” said paleontologist Jonathan Bloch, who was also involved in the expedition.

“Snakes are trying to annex Jennifer Lopez in Anaconda movie is not as big snake that we found,” said Bloch. Based on the size of the snake, Bloch explains, scientists can calculate the average annual temperature at the equator in South America 60 million years ago to reach around 33 degrees Celsius, about 10 degrees warmer than today.
“Tropical Ecosystems of Latin America today is much different than 60 million years ago,” said Bloch. “The condition of tropical forests is almost the same as today, but its temperature is hotter at the time and filled with cold-blooded reptile is greater.”
According to Nature.com, the snake is a type of animal poikilotherms (cold blooded), which requires heat from the environment they crept to raise metabolism. Therefore, the scientists estimated that the giant snakes live in tropical ecosystems of South America with temperatures at that time were not under 30 to 34 degrees Celsius.
Most of the current population of snakes found in tropical regions of South America and Southeast Asia. Temperatures in South America and southeast Asia allows these animals to grow until it reaches a large size.

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