Friday, 3 July 2015

Creature 276: Titanoboa

Big snake...

Titanoboa is such a good name for this snake that it is pretty much the same as the common name, the Titan boa.

As its name suggests,  the Titan boa was a big snake, in fact it is the biggest snake of all time. It could reach nearly 13 meters long and weighed over a ton.

The Titan boa lived in the 10 million years after the K-Pg extinction which wiped out most of the dinosaurs (or K-T if you prefer). Specimens come from Columbia.

There is only one known species in the genus Titanoboa. It has been placed in the Family Boidae subfamily Boinae and so is a close relative of true Boas (genus Boa).

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Family: Boidae
Genus: Titanoboa

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