Report By: Nina Rai
New York City, NY
22 March, 2012
Now don’t let this news scare you, because one is not talking of a live snake but a full-scale replica of a prehistoric snake that perished millions of years ago.
However, a scary life-sized model of this colossal constrictor is making its first public appearance at the commuter hub today, March 22, 2012.
As Smithsonian spokesperson Randall Kremer cheekily admitted the giant serpent titanoboa is intended to "scare the daylights out of people."
However, Kremer is quick to qualify the statement stating that the titanoboa showcasing has in reality a greater purpose, that is: to "communicate science to a lot of people."
Want to have a fair idea about this scientifically perfect scary model? Well, if this giant reptile were to slither up to you it would be as high as your waist while length-wise its as long as a typical school bus. You may even consider it as the T-rex of snakes.
This newly found species, known as titanoboa (Check out the words "titan" and "boa" within) lived an mind-boggling 65 million-years-ago. The predator belongs to the family of the boa constrictor.
However, its behavior is more like that of an anaconda, living in water; with fishes, other titanoboas, and crocodiles (very, very large crocodiles) being its staple diet.
The public display of the titanoboa in New York City today is a kind of promotion for its upcoming exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. kicking off on March 30.
The National Museum of Natural History in-fact ties in to a TV special on the Smithsonian Channel, which is aptly called, "Titanoboa: Monster Snake." This two-hour program will be broadcast on April 1, 2012.
Check Video: Expert Explaining Titanoboa
Source: Christian Post
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