The Scariest Thing Ever, Lived In Latin America

TITANOBOA_MONSTER_SNAKEOther cultures may have myths and legends, but the scariest thing that ever existed once lived in Latin America.

Meet Titanoboa, the largest, longest, and heaviest snake ever discovered. Researchers estimated T. cerrejonensis reached a maximum length of 40 to 50 ft and weighed about 2,500 lb.  Fossils of 28 individual Titanoboa were found in the Cerrejón Formation of the coal mines of Cerrejón in La Guajira, Colombia in 2009.

Just to make things more creepy, paleontologists believe Titanoboa behaved less like a modern-day boa constrictor, wrapping itself around prey and squeezing tight but more like an alligator. Since Titanoboa had to hunt bigger creatures he probably slithered close to its victim under water then jumped out biting it on the windpipe. Did we mention that it was three feet wide.

Titanoboa on display

A life sized Titanoboa created for the Smithsonian Channel special.

Rest in peace though, the Titanoboa lived approximately 60–58 million years ago, during the Paleocene epoch, a 10-million-year period immediately following the dinosaur extinction event.its lunch while half-submerged in the water, and then suddenly leaped, snapping its massive jaws onto its unfortunate victim’s windpipe. Oh, did we mention it was an average of three feet wide.

Just so you know were not making any of this up, check out the Titanoboa special on the Smithsonian Channel.