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Domain of Titanoboa

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The largest known snake to have ever existed, Titanoboa cerrejonensis in the Paleocene rainforest. Also featuring a bothremydid turtle Puentemys mushaisaensis with the 1,5 m shell. Both were found from the Cerrejón coal mine, Colombia.
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darklord86's avatar
AntiHero512's avatar
This Snake makes the anaconda look like a child my goodness
Snakeman2013's avatar
the king of snakes
Actually the Queen since females are much larger.

That said, Titanoboa is pathetic compared to a smaller but much deadlier rival that even hunted whales.
Jdailey1991's avatar
First off, stop ruining the moment.


Secondly, what rival?
Jdailey1991's avatar
That still doesn't excuse ruining the moment.
TeddyBlackBear2040's avatar
Love the giant snake hey check mine out when you have a chance fantastic page.
HellraptorStudios's avatar
I really like this one, the anaconda colurus and somewhat royal look makes it really nice and imposing.
Orionide5's avatar
Looks like an ordinary anaconda and a turtle... until you realize the turtle is as big as you are...
tuomaskoivurinne's avatar
You're quite right. I was thinking of maybe adding something, like a pair of birds, for comparison.
Zimices's avatar
The Colombian icon of paleontology! and the rounded turtle :) Very nice job here. By the way, the red marks in Titanoboa are not blood, right?
tuomaskoivurinne's avatar
Thank you. The red is just part of the coloration. I would have painted blood in a different hue.
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AlexSone's avatar
Nice painting!
theblazinggecko's avatar
How much of Titanoboa was discovered? I always wanted to know if it was closer related to Anacondas or Boas.
tuomaskoivurinne's avatar
As I'm concerned, remains of several individuals are found so far. Mostly vertebrae, but small fragments of the lower jaw as well.

Taxonomically; Both genera Boa and Eunectes (anaconda) belong to subfamily Boinae, as did Titanoboa. There's hardly any significance for arguing which one it was more closely related. We can prove that it was a "boa snake", and not, for example, a "python".
Sshorty's avatar
Also, the fossils of 28 individual Titanoboa were found in the Cerrejón Formation of the coal mines of Cerrejón in La Guajira, Colombia in 2009, if that helps :)
Sshorty's avatar
The Titanoboa lived around 60–58mya, 10 million years after the dinosaurs became extinct during the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. After comparing its fossilized vertebrae to those of living snakes, researchers estimated reached a maximum length of 12 to 15 m (40 to 50 ft), weighed about 1,135 kg (2,500 lb) and measured about 1 m (3 ft) in diameter at it's thickest.

It is more closely related to Boas, hence the origins of it's name: "titanic" for its size and "boa" for its close relation to modern-day boa constrictors
Wolfenstein2552's avatar
I shall name him Bobby.
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