What If Titan boa Snake Didn’t Go Extinct?
What If Titan boa Snake Didn’t Go Extinct? Can you immediately name the largest snake in the world? I’ll give you a hint. This is the name of a very famous horror movie, did you guess? Right. It’s the anaconda. If we pair it with the largest crocodile, Cassius weighing almost one ton, you can write a script for a new horror film. But these giants are just babies compared to those that once lived on Earth for a long time. Take, for example, Kronosaurus and Titanoboa.
Once these two predators were a threat to all life, both on land and in water. But what would happen if they still live today? Could humanity survive or would it be the end of us? Now, I’ll tell you about the ancient monsters that terrorized everything in their path. You’ll learn when and where these monsters lived, and then we’ll bring them to the present. You’ll see whether these giants will capture our world and if people will be able to put up a fight.
Something tells me that today it’s going to be very hot before turning on the time machine. Let’s get to know our characters better. We’ll start with Titanoboa. This ancient snake lived about fifty eight million years ago, and according to scientists, for at least 10 million years, it was the largest predator on the planet. Its length reached 13 meters or forty three feet and its weight exceeded a ton. Can you imagine this giant? Here’s an illustration for you.
If you lay two giraffes on the ground, then Titanoboa will still be longer. Or you can just look at these two vertebrae. The model on the left belongs to the anaconda and on the right Titanoboa. It turns out that the largest snake living today is half the size of the ancient reptile in with the mega snake could reach one metre or three feet. It could easily swallow a young hippopotamus. True, in ancient times there were no hippos. Titanoboa preferred to eat fish, and this monster could be found in dark swamps and rivers.
In addition to fish, it could feast on crocodiles. It was a sophisticated killer. The giant monster attacked its victim and strangled it in its strong embrace. Then the snake swallowed it whole and digested it for a long time. The victim suffered a compression force comparable to one and a half times the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge. So put in numbers. That’s twenty eight kilograms per square centimeter, four hundred pounds per square inch. Even though the Kronosaurus was smaller in size, it was also a very bloodthirsty predator.
It’s wide open mouth full of many small teeth, speaks for itself and the size of the predators comparable to the dimensions of an orca, also called a killer whale. To be more precise, the Kronosaurus reached a length of more than 10 meters or thirty three feet, and its weight could reach up to 12 tons. In its appearance, it was remotely similar to a modern crocodile, only in a very enlarged version. And even their bite strength is a close comparison.
It was also a skilled swimmer that probably attacked its prey from the depths. Kronosaurus had a very powerful rib cage for flippers and a small tail. It literally gnawed at its victim, leaving no chance for survival. Kronosaurus couldn’t have encountered Titanoboa. They lived in different periods and even perhaps loved a different habitat. Kronosaurus could live in fairly cold southern seas, but Titanoboa loved a hot climate. But this didn’t stop the two predators from instilling fear and terror into all living creatures in the area.
Now, let’s imagine that these two monsters didn’t die out and that they still peacefully coexist with us, although would it be peaceful? This is a big question. If Titanoboa survived to this day, it could well be found in the equatorial tropics. For example, Titanoboa would love the hot climate of Colombia or neighboring countries like Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru or Panama. Obviously, people would have to more carefully protect their homes from the intrusion of Titanoboa.
However, it’s unlikely that the snake could crawl unnoticed into a house. It would have no trouble knocking out a window or even breaking a door. Fortunately, this. Xavier is still unusual for snakes, but all the same, in order to protect themselves from intruders, people would have to surround their homes with high voltage fences and keep a big stun gun under the pillow just in case. In noisy megacities, a huge snake would not have a single chance of survival only if this thing doesn’t accidentally wind up somewhere under the heating mane, a comfort that a reptile might appreciate.
But food in the form of rats would hardly suit it. By the way, most likely she wouldn’t be interested in people as a food source in horror films, the anaconda often devours people. However, in reality it rarely attacks a person. It can be assumed that its distant ancestor would also be indifferent to us. But for people, Titanoboa could be a welcome trophy. Any zoo in the world would dream of getting such a valuable specimen and its skin would be a real hunt.
People who catch these huge snakes would become real national heroes. As for the super snake diet in our world, it would find something to eat. Alligators, turtles, river dolphins would suit the giant in all respects. Animals on land would also have a hard time giant. Armadillo’s manatees, tapers, cougars, jaguars, caimans and Brazilian otters would be endangered. Sure, adults would be too big. So, cubs and young animals are what they need. Titanoboa wouldn’t mind eating fish since it’s a more familiar diet.
As a result, the food chain would be broken. Some animals would probably migrate to safer areas, but the fauna of the forests of Amazonia would be greatly impoverished. Although insects and fungi would start to flourish and evolve very soon, there’d be no trace of the once lush vegetation. Kronosaurus would hardly have liked life in our condition either. In ancient times, even turtles were the size of a kitchen table. Eat just one and feel full all day.
But such a monster would need about a dozen modern turtles and then I still doubt it would be enough to eat. In addition to turtles, the ancient monster fed unpleasing soraia. But in our world he’d have to look for an alternative. Most likely it would switch to large marine mammals. It wouldn’t be able to swallow a whale all at once, but in parts then sure, it could eat it completely. Such a huge body would need tons of food, like a giant meat grinder.
It would sweep away everything in its path. People would suffer greatly due to a shortage of fish in the seas and oceans. Fishing itself would be very risky due to the existence of an underwater hazard. Ships would have to be built to be much more solid, and in the event of the extinction of whales, a climatic catastrophe would begin. There would be nothing to extract thousands of tons of carbon from the air in the underwater depths. There would be a daily battle for life.
Given the size of the monster and its ferocious disposition, there could only be one winner. We’d have to forget about tourism and sea traffic in the monster’s habitat completely. This place would be marked on all maps in red, and anyone who dared to go there would practically write their own death sentence. If Titanoboa had the most valuable skin, then a Kronosaurus would have had its teeth small and sharp, like a sore. They could cost more than the horns of a rhino. Today, they’re one of the most expensive materials in the world. Their price is about sixty five thousand dollars per kilogram. More expensive than gold, by the way, did you know that there’s a danger of the return of extinct animals to Earth?
I’m not joking right now. Scientists don’t rule out the possibility. First of all, I’m talking about Titanoboa. There’s speculation that it lived at a temperature of thirty two degrees Celsius. That’s 90 degrees Fahrenheit. And given the growth rate of global warming, such average temperatures can become a reality. I’m glad it will take millions of years. Would you like to see ancient monsters with your own eyes right in the comments? If you like the video, be sure to like and share with your friends. And I’m already preparing a new, exciting issue for you.
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