Forty-foot long ancient snake

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  1. Brainspore says:

    The snake from Conan was a related species. This one preferred to feed on British kids who dared enter the Chamber of Secrets.

  2. TEKNA2007 says:

    We always heard stories about them when we were younger … stories we now know are true. Amazing.

  3. nothorse says:

    Must’ve been Olvikan. Were there remains of hummus around it?

  4. Simon Greenwood says:

    The remains of several bipedal badgers were also found nearby, along with what appeared to be dried porcini.

  5. Not a Doktor says:

    So they found the remains of peter north?

  6. dragonfrog says:

    …the size and curvature of the fragments that remain indicate that the snake “would have had trouble fitting though the door into your office.”

    Well, that’s a relief – the last thing I need at work is an infestation of 40-foot, one ton, anacondas.

    • Antinous says:

      would have had trouble fitting though the door into your office

      That would be a very small office door. A normally proportioned forty foot snake would have a maximum diameter of about a foot and a half.

  7. Cool Products says:

    Forty feet long? Jesus. It kind of makes you wonder whether or not there are still some “Anaconda”-like snakes just still out there in the jungle. Then again, it would probably be pretty hard to hide from civilization when you are over 40 feet long and weigh over a ton.

  8. nanuq says:

    “So far, the paleontologists haven’t unearthed any mammal fossils at the site, so it’s a mystery as to what these creatures preyed upon.”

    I don’t know which is scarier, the giant snake or the giant mongoose that killed it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like turtles.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I like turtles.

  11. DixieFlatline says:

    They found Mayor Wilkins?

  12. Chuck says:

    Now that I’ve read the comments, I’m getting the idea that we know when to date the events in the Conan movie. (What — you mean it wasn’t nonfiction?)

  13. angusm says:

    “Dr Jones? Dr Indiana Jones? … We have some rather disturbing news for you …”

  14. Cranky old woman says:

    Another story about my ex and his family. Can anyone say, “Mother-in-law?”

  15. Todd Sieling says:

    That’s a big f’in snake.

  16. postliteracy_dot_org says:

    This was an gem of a natural history museum, at least when I was growing up in Gainesville. Their old building was built into the ground, a combination of earthship-meets-hanging-gardens-of-babylon. (I beleive they’ve since moved to larger digs.) They had recreations of a Mayan temple (still fun for playing “Let’s Sacrifice the Sibling!”) and a cave, and huge walls of taxidermied specimens. And annual open houses of the labs. Ah, good times….

  17. pantsravaganza says:

    It’s that snake from Conan the Barbarian, when Conan gets loaded and decides to rob James Earl Jones’ temple.

  18. Jerril says:

    “Rule #34: I will not turn into a snake. It never helps.”

  19. eustace says:

    Name it Nasu, after the giant snake in John Varley’s Titan/Wizard/Demon trilogy.

  20. Trent Hawkins says:

    Actually, that time it did help. If he didn’t turn in to a snake he wouldn’t have escaped, and Conan would have surely Governated him.

  21. Mojave says:

    “They got snakes out here this big!?!?!”- Ice Cube

  22. ret3 says:

    What sort of ecosystem existed in Columbia when this thing was alive? If it was a rolling prairie of some sort, then there were some serious snakes on that plain.

  23. jonathan_v says:

    @ RET3 (#5)

    I misread that as Snakes on a Palin.

  24. The Lizardman says:

    @2 I submit my own life as refutation of that rule.

    I hope they are able to find more complete remains. Many modern large snakes show now vestigal bone structure indicating a time when they still had legs, that is you can see a sort pelvic structure to a portion of their skeleton. I wonder where this one fell in the evolutionary process.

    Also, I believe the Scifi channel was ahead of the curve on this one – doesn’t one of their horrible CGI giant snake movies involve a jurassic park style cloning of such an ancient giant snake

  25. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    By Crom and the Square-Cube Law, I’m betting that thing lived in water.

  26. dragonfrog says:

    Thanks Antinous – one more thing to worry about.

  27. codereduk says:

    Ride the snake, ride the snake
    To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
    The snake is long, seven miles
    Ride the snake…hes old, and his skin is cold

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