Monster titanoboa snake invades New York
It might have St. Patrick’s Day last week, but there is still green beer in Five Points. In honor of the saint legends claimed he drove snakes from Ireland. I think he would have had trouble dispelling this monster from the Emerald Isle.
The good news: It’s not alive. Anymore. But the full-scale replica of the reptile — which will make its first appearance at the commuter hub on March 22 — is intended, as Smithsonian spokesperson Randall Kremer happily admitted, to “scare the daylights out of people” — actually has a higher calling: to “communicate science to a lot of people.” The scientifically scary-accurate model will go a long way toward that: If this snake slithered by you, it would be waist-high and measure the length of a school bus. Think of it as the T-rex of snakes.
This newly discovered species, known as titanoboa (yes, the words “titan” and “boa” are in there), which lived 65 million years ago, is about to have its close-up. The New York City appearance is promoting an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History in D.C. opening on March 30, which ties in to a TV special on the Smithsonian Channel called, what else, “Titanoboa: Monster Snake.” The two-hour program airs April 1.
via The Upshot