In Columbia, scientists have unearthed the fossilized remains of the largest snake ever discovered: a 42-45 foot behemoth estimated to weigh more than a ton. "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. Paleontologist Jason Head of the University of Toronto Missisauga stated that this beast probably munched on ancient relatives of crocodiles in its rainforest home some 58 million to 60 million years ago. The discoverers of the snake named it Titanoboa cerrejonensis ("ty-TAN-o-BO-ah sare-ah-HONE-en-siss"). That means "titanic boa from Cerrejon," the region where it was found. Now that is one snake that I would not have wanted to stumble upon in the woods. Maybe it would be more appropriate to say that I would hate to have this snake stumble upon me in the woods. Either way, instead of my name being Rick, it would now be Dinner.
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