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Just Try to Get This One on a Plane (‘Titanoboa: Monster Snake’ on Smithsonian Channel)
New York Times ^ | March 30, 2012 | NEIL GENZLINGER

Posted on 04/01/2012 11:19:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A spring warning for puttering-in-the-garden types who have occasionally been startled by a garter snake as they pull the weeds: Soon you may be seeing a cousin of that garter lolling in your flowerbed. This snake will be fairly easy to distinguish from the other. It’ll be the one that’s longer than your house.

“Titanoboa: Monster Snake,” coming Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel, suggests near the end of the program that we may not have seen the last of the incredibly large prehistoric serpent known as Titanoboa, or something like it. The program notes the correlation between snake size and temperature. In Britain, with a relatively mild climate, the biggest snake is about six feet long, while in the modern-day Amazon basin, anacondas might reach 25 feet. Throw in a little global warming, and suddenly those 25-footers could be runts.

Titanoboa, you see, was 48 feet long. People strolling through Grand Central Terminal the other day got a first-hand look at just how big that is, because the Smithsonian Channel had plunked a life-size model of the snake there as a promotional device. In the program, there’s a scene in which four researchers are struggling to hold onto an annoyed green anaconda in the wetlands of Venezuela that looks to be about 20 feet long.

“This is probably the size of a juvenile Titanoboa, maybe about a year old,” says Jonathan I. Bloch, one of those researchers. Oh.

Though the prospect of a Titanoboa-filled future makes for a delightful image to pass on to your grandchildren, the most interesting part of the program is the story of the discovery of the first Titanoboa fossils at a coal mine in Colombia and the dawning realization of just how big the snake was.

(Excerpt) Read more at tv.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Gardening; Pets/Animals; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: snakes

1 posted on 04/01/2012 11:19:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.mosquito.cl/wp-content/uploads/amazonia-anaconda.jpg

The second pic is an allegedly fake picture of a huge snake swimming in the Amazon. Fake because a different picture shows a much 'smaller' (but still large) snake. Using the forest canopy as a measurement the snake in that picture would have to be hundreds of feet long.

2 posted on 04/01/2012 11:46:07 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz; nickcarraway
The second picture I was talking about.


3 posted on 04/01/2012 11:48:24 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: nickcarraway
I am watching it now, totally digging it!


4 posted on 04/01/2012 11:59:20 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: nickcarraway
Just Try To Get This One On A Plane

Easy. Put a burka on it and it will get right through security.:-)

5 posted on 04/02/2012 12:03:44 AM PDT by TheCipher
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To: TheCipher

ROFL!!! VERY good!


6 posted on 04/02/2012 2:43:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: spetznaz

Now we know what finally got the dinosaurs ....


7 posted on 04/02/2012 4:23:20 AM PDT by sphinx
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Now we know what finally got the dinosaurs ....

You mean it wasn't Bush's fault?

8 posted on 04/02/2012 5:37:39 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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