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Titanoboa cerrejonensis

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Titanoboa,  is an extinct genus of snakes that is known to have lived in present-day La Guajira in northern Colombia. Fossils of Titanoboa have been found in the Cerrejón Formation, and date to around 58 to 60 million years ago. The giant snake lived during the Middle to Late Paleocene epoch, a 10-million-year period immediately following the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event. The only known species is Titanoboa cerrejonensis, the largest snake ever discovered, which supplanted the previous record holder, Gigantophis. By comparing the sizes and shapes of its fossilized vertebrae to those of extant snakes, researchers estimated that the largest individuals of T. cerrejonensis found had a total length around 12.8 m (42 ft) and weighed about 1,135 kg (2,500 lb).
In 2009, the fossils of 28 individuals of T. cerrejonensis were found in the Cerrejón Formation of the coal mines of Cerrejón in La Guajira, Colombia.
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I thought this was a new subspecies of Titanoboa.   There was an alligator/croc there that the adults would most likely too big to handle.  How many Crocs species were present there?
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@epaiva :

Just after the dinosaurs disparition, the empty ecological biotops started immediately to fill up again, and as concerns the first time dominant animal species were not yet the mammals, but the some crocodiles, and these monstruous snakes (which were certainly not alone on the Earth) without forgeting some big birds like the Gartonis. Something of the dinosaurs' spirit seemed to be still in the air.
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(09-18-2017, 10:58 AM)genao87 Wrote: I thought this was a new subspecies of Titanoboa.   There was an alligator/croc there that the adults would most likely too big to handle.  How many Crocs species were present there?

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It seens that the most common prey of Titanoboa cerrejonensis were the newly discovered species named Cerrejonisuchus improcerus, they grew only 6 to 7 feet long (180 to 213 centimeters) making it easy prey of Titanoboa.
Clearly this new fossil would have been part of the food-chain, both as predator and prey," said Jonathan Bloch, a Florida Museum vertebrate paleontologist and associate curator. "Giant snakes today are known to eat crocodylians, and it is not much of a reach to say that it would have been a frequent meal for Titanoboa. Fossils of the two are often found side-by-side," added Bloch, who was part of the fossil-hunting expeditions.
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They had a huge powerful big enemy Purussaurus a crocodile that measured from 10 to 12 meters long, it was too much for Titanoboa.
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Although it may seem different at times, your contributions on many extinct animals and the South-American fauna are much appreciated. Many thanks on behalf of all.
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(08-16-2018, 07:43 PM)peter Wrote: EPAIVA

Although it may seem different at times, your contributions on many extinct animals and the South-American fauna are much appreciated. Many thanks on behalf of all.
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Thanks a lot for your kind words
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Huge powerful snake preyed on Crocodiles Turtles and Fishes

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