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42ft snake once fought with 16ft crocodile


Posted on Thursday, 29 May, 2014 | Comment icon 13 comments


Titanoboa exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum. Image Credit: CC-BY 2.0 Ryan Somma

Two behemoths of the prehistoric world may have battled for dominance in rivers 60 million years ago.

The Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia has been home to a treasure trove of palaeontological finds lately including a newly identified species of giant freshwater crocodile known as Anthracosuchus and several specimens of Titanoboa, the largest and heaviest snake to have ever lived.

Weighing 1,200kg and measuring up to 42ft in length, Titanoboa would have dominated the prehistoric tropics by crushing even the strongest of its prey with its deadly constricting coils.

Anthracosuchus on the other hand measured up to 16ft in length but could still hold its own thanks to a set of huge jaws filled with rows of razor sharp teeth.

Both Titanoboa and Anthracosuchus were believed to have lived alongside one another during the same period in the same rivers, suggesting that at least some of the time these two behemoths of the prehistoric world would have engaged in clashes of epic proportions.

"Every once in a while, there was likely an encounter between Anthracosuchus and Titanoboa," said study co-author Jonathan Bloch. "Titanoboa was the largest predator around and would have tried to eat anything it could get its mouth on."

   
Source: Earthsky.org | Comments (13)

Tags: Titanoboa, Snake, Crocodile


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 29 May, 2014, 12:29
Sounds like a spinoff to Sharknado.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jyre Cayce on 29 May, 2014, 13:28
sweet...
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 29 May, 2014, 15:14
Don't forget Godzilla, either.
Comment icon #7 Posted by ancient astronaut on 30 May, 2014, 3:41
That's a big ass snake.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Everdred on 30 May, 2014, 6:27
Actually, the makers of Sharknado did this idea a few years ago: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Python_vs._Gatoroid
Comment icon #9 Posted by AstralHorus on 30 May, 2014, 18:38
interesting, as some cultures indigenous to Africa claim to still see such a giant snake till this day.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Still Waters on 30 May, 2014, 20:38
I wouldn't mind seeing that...in the museum. It would be interesting I think.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Daughter of the Nine Moons on 1 June, 2014, 1:50
Gojira!
Comment icon #12 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 1 June, 2014, 5:35
This is a old news...Anthracosuchus is not a behemoth but there was a giant croc to battle against Titanoboa which is the 'Turtle Chomper' ,not named yet. King Kong is a joke. No fictional animal counts..
Comment icon #13 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 1 June, 2014, 19:28
...and Howard Cosell was there.


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