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RE: Huge Freakin' Snake!

Quoting GUY LEAHY <xrciseguy@q.com>:

> Here's more on _Titanoboa_ 
>  http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090204/full/news.2009.80.html
> Considering this super-snake lived only a few million years after the end
> Cretaceous extinction event,  I wonder if this was an attempt by ectotherms
> to occupy the megapredator roles vacated by dinosaur extinction?

Either that, or they couldn't reach such sizes while dinosaurs and marine 
reptiles were around - 
either because they'd eat such a (presumably) slow snake or out-compete it.

Perhaps such snakes (assuming they were largely aquatic) provided some of the 
impetus for some 
crocs to become fully terrestrial? :-)


Dann Pigdon
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