In a fairly hilarious slip, yesterday a USA Today said researchers had found a 2500 foot snake fossil in Colombia. Â Uh, make that a 2500 pound snakeÂ (it was about 40 feet long). But still: Â BIG SNAKE!! Â And it was 65 million years old (OLD SNAKE!!). Â The Independent's headline called it, "The Snake That Was So Big it Ate Crocodiles." Â But that's actually not news: Plenty of snakes eat things like crocodiles. And that sometimes gets very ugly ...Â
I have enjoyed the fact that many papers seem to have ascribed abilities that normal snakes can do to Titanoboa in an awestruck way.
OMG! This snake was so large it could eat a COW!!!! So... in what way is that different to a living python??
Totally, EdY. My thoughts exactly.
But could it a Gigantic Prehistoric Cow?
"Plenty of sakes eat things like crocodiles." Stupid question: What is a sake?
2500 feet long!
Imagine the trousers it would have lived in.
But wait, aren't there any gators or crocs a python might have to contend with in SE Asia? Conversely, weren't there once large constrictors in the Everglades?
"Stupid question: What is a sake?"
Rice wine, although how it would eat a crocodile, I'm not entirely sure. That must be some potent sake.
Your previous post may show the solution to this crisis.
I don't think there are many crocs and alligators in burma (where i am assuming this snake origonally came from) and if so the local snakes have probably learnt to keep away.
Or maybe they don't, and there are many exploding snakes in SE asia that just never get reported.
No one is concerned about whether the burms explode or get eaten by gators. The issue is that there are no native big constrictors in the everglades and there is concern over how the burms will affect an already severely compromised ecosystem. Whether or not there are asian crocodilians living in the native habitat of burms has no bearing on the effects that these snakes will have in the everglades.