According to Gary Meaney, animal lover and carnivore researcher *
The fear in the genome reveals the most prehistoric horror of prehistoric animals
Horror obsession with snakes and long round, un-legged animals ophidiophobia – is the most common fear in human society. Researchers have shown that most primates inherit their genes to … fear and quickly detect snakes.
Many evidence shows that prehistoric people struggled with snakes, but not small children – some of them are gigantic!
We are talking about species Titanoboa cerrejonensis, about 12.8m long, weighs less than 1 ton and is considered the largest snake in history.
However, some studies show that Titanoboa is a piscivore-eating animal rather than a predator of megafauna-killer animals. So, is it a giant but gentle animal?
Before humans left notes about Titanoboa, the giant snake title was given Gigantophis garstini.
They appeared about 20 million years after Titanoboa in Africa, about 11m long. Gigantophis' favorite food is the elephant's ancestor of the modern world.
Gigantophis's close relatives are Madtsoia madagascariensis, another giant snake that once lived in Madagascar for several million years in the dinosaur era. They lived with iconic dinosaurs Majungasaurus, Masiakasaurus and Rahonavis as well as giant frogs Beelzebufo.
And perhaps, Madtsoia also has the power to eat the dinosaurs mentioned above.
Both Madtsoia and Gigantophis belong to the ancient family of giant snakes called Madtsoiids. Both of these genera lived long ago, but some existed until recently in Australia.
You may have heard about species Wonambi naracoortensis, a snake belongs to the genus Pleistocene, longer than 6 meters.
This size seems modest compared to previous monsters, but it is still significantly larger when compared to the Anaconda python. Moreover, in time, it coexisted with giant kangaroos, bagged lions and primitive Australians – it may have inspired the accumulation of Rainbow Serpent (Rainbow Snake, one of the the mythical animals of Australia).
Rainbow Snake, one of Australia's mythical animals
Live the same period and place with Wonambi as a species Yurlunggur camfieldensis. They were named after the Aboriginal mythology of Yurlungur – talking about the copper snake excited by the blood of a young girl's blood, who would come to eat her and her family.
Yurlunggur is said to be 8m long and is a self-digging aquatic species. They will hunt underwater but live in caves with soft ground. Although there is no poison, the horrifying power of the squeezes will kill prey, similar to most pythons today.
Come to another ancient giant snake genus, Palaeophiids. Palaeophiidae evolved over 70 million years ago, and like the Madtsoiids, they survived the Great K-PG Extinction. Similar to modern sea snakes, Palaeophiidae lives completely under water, just a lot bigger.
According to researcher Gary Meaney, Palaeophis colossaeus The new one is more frightening – it can hunt whales, giant sharks in the Eocene waters. It is very large, up to 10m long.
Another branch of the Palaeophiid genus, Pterosphenus, also horrifying size: 7m. In addition, these are giant sea snakes capable of early reproduction and have a warm-blooded metabolism, making them much more active than other slow reptile monsters.
In Pliocen World (geological time period), the Australian continent has giant python Bluff Downs. Liasis dubungila – one of the few prehistoric animals with common names. It is over 10m long and is called the continent's largest snake ever.
Bluff Downs or Liasis dubungila
In prehistoric times, the branches of the python family also achieved horror size.
One of them is Chubutophis grandis, the estimated length is up to 22m. And if that is true, Titanoboa will lose the position of the largest snake in history.
They live in the Miocene, along with a variety of giant South American creatures: Big Caimans like elephants, giant gharials, giant tiger fish and giant turtles …
Finally, come to the largest poisonous snake ever known: Laophis, similar to the poisonous snakes Gabon viper, used to live on Greek islands during World Pliocene.
According to scientists, it is twice as heavy as the largest poisonous snakes of the modern world, longer than 4 meters. This size is not intended for the reptiles listed above, but they are not poisonous …
Thus, Titanoboa is the only nightmare snake crawling around ancient times. It may be the biggest, but maybe it's not the most frightening thing.
Breathe in relief, because these guys are extinct …