Die furchterregendsten Urzeittiere – Teil 1: die Titanoboa

Satte 1’100 Tonnen brachte die Titanoboa auf die Waage. Dabei hatte sie eine durchschnittliche Körperlänge von 13 Metern. Zu diesem Schluss kamen Wissenschaftler, nachdem sie 184 fast vollständig erhaltene Wirbel und Rippenknochen des Urzeitreptils in einer Kolumbianischen Miene fanden.

Sorry i haven't posted in a while, but it was homecoming week at school, but here is a true terror, and a request from @lukecominsky, the Titanoboa!! Titanoboa is an extinct snake which lived approximately 60 million years ago during the Paleogene Period. Its fossils were first discovered in coal mines in La Guajira, Colombia in 2009. Later that year, it was given its name – a name which literally means “titanic boa.” If you look closely at Titanoboa pictures, then you can clearly see just how huge this snake really was. It was approximately 50 feet long and weighed around 2,500 pounds. To put that into perspective, that is twice as long as the longest snake living today and 4 times as heavy as the giant anaconda. It is definitely a snake that you wouldn’t want to meet, not on any occasion. One of the most interesting facts about Titanoboa is that while it looked quite a bit like a modern-day anaconda, it most likely didn’t hunt like one. Modern anacondas hunt by wrapping themselves around their prey and constricting them to death. Titanoboa probably didn’t do that. Most likely, it snuck up on its prey and with one quick strike, bit them in the jugular. That would have allowed it to consume it meal at its own leisure.  However, like a boa, it did have the means of constricting its prey when necessary, although it more than likely wasn’t its first option. Why did this prehistoric snake grow to such a huge size? Well, the fact of the matter is that the area in which it lived contributed to its growth. During this period of time in Columbia and Peru – the part of South America in which this snake thrived – it was very hot and humid. In fact, temperatures would have been in the 90s all of the time. Which is really beneficial for cold-blooded reptiles like Titanoboa. Cold-blooded reptiles always grow much larger sizes in areas which have both high temperature and high humidity. #Titanoboa #titanoboa #Titan #Boa #boa #Paleontology #paleontology #Paleo #paleo #Paleofacts #paleofacts

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Die Titanoboa schlängelte kurz nachdem die Dinosaurier ausgestorben waren über unsere Erde, also vor ungefähr 60 Millionen Jahren. Dass die Schlange so gross werden konnte, hing mit dem damaligen Klima zusammen. Es wird davon ausgegangen, dass die Titanoboa eine Aussentemperatur von 30-35 Grad benötigte, um ihren Stoffwechsel in Schwung zu halten. 

Ernährt hat sich die gigantische Boa von Krokodilen und Riesenschildkröten. Da ein ausgewachsenes Krokodil gut vier Meter lang werden kann, wäre es der Titanoboa wohl auch nicht schwer gefallen, einen Menschen herunterzuwürgen.  

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