Largest prehistoric snake on record discovered in Colombia PhysOrg - February 5, 2009
Biggest Snake Discovered; Was Longer Than a Bus National Geographic - February 5, 2009
The world's biggest snake was a massive anaconda-like beast that slithered through steamy tropical rain forests about 60 million years ago, says a new study that describes the ancient giant. Fossils found in northeastern Colombia's Cerrejon coal mine indicate the reptile, dubbed Titanoboa cerrejonesis, was at least 42 feet (13 meters) long and weighed 2,500 pounds (1,135 kilograms).
Largest snake 'as long as a bus' BBC - February 5, 2009
The discovery of fossilized remains belonging to the world's largest snake has been reported in Nature journal. Titanoboa was 13m (42ft) long - about the length of a bus - and lived in the rainforest of north-east Colombia 58-60 million years ago. The snake was so wide it would have reached up to a person's hips, say researchers, who have estimated that it weighed more than a tonne. Green anacondas - the world's heaviest snakes - reach a mere 250kg (550 lbs). Reticulated pythons - the world's longest snakes - can reach up to 10m (32ft).
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