Titanoboa: the biggest snake among existing
Around 58 million years ago in the jungle of South America it appeared a monster - the serpent, which reached about 14 meters long and weighed more than a ton!
This giant reptile titanoboa could swallow a whole crocodile and, of course, to cope with the smaller prey easily. The snake was not poisonous, prey or enemy, she squeezed his body with such force that the victim had no chance to survive.
It is believed that titanoboa able to achieve larger than its modern relatives, primarily due to the warmer climate that existed at the time in the world. However, some scientists believe that since ancient snake was huge, it produced a lot of metabolic heat. So, the ambient temperature should be cooler at 4-6 ° C, than the current temperature of the Earth, or titanoboa would simply overheated.
After the extinction of the dinosaurs titanoboa was the largest predator on the planet's surface for about 10 million years. And today it is considered the largest snake that ever existed on Earth. For comparison, the longest living now snake - reticulated python - reaches about 9 meters in length, and the heaviest - anaconda - can weigh 97, 5 kg.