Excavations in Colombia co-organized by Carlos Jaramillo, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Jonathan Bloch, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History, have unearthed fossil remains of a new snake species they named Titanoboa cerrejonensis.
The scientists theorize that the behemoth stretched 42 to 45 feet long and weighed more than 2,500 pounds.
“This thing weighs more than a bison and is longer than a city bus,” enthused snake expert Jack Conrad of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, who was familiar with the find. “It could easily eat something the size of a cow. A human would just be toast immediately.”