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Largest snake in the world at Burke Museum

October 27th, 2015 by sarawilly

photo from UW

The stuff nightmares are made of…from a Colombian coal mine, scientists have discovered 60 million year old remains of the largest snake in the world, Titanoboa cerrejonensis. Measuring 48 feet long and weighing up to 2,500 pounds, this massive predator could crush and devour a crocodile.

On display now through  November 15, 2015, Titanoboa: Monster Snake includes the full-scale replica of the 48-foot-long snake and two vertebrae casts made from the original fossils: a 17-foot-long modern green anaconda and the vertebra from Titanoboa.

Videos tell the story of this amazing scientific discovery and the Burke is supplementing the exhibit to share the fascinating story of snakes living among us today.

Have a hands-on experience with the biggest snake ever known to exist.
Click here for more information.

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