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See Titanoboa exhibit before it slithers away

By Christy Jepson
Come see for yourself a life-size model of the biggest snake ever discovered, the Titanoboa, now through March 17 at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum on Brigham Young University's campus.

At this Smithsonian traveling exhibit you can learn interesting facts about the Titanoboa, watch videos, touch snakeskin, pet a live snake on the hands-on cart, compare it to modern-day snakes, participate in a selfie booth, and see a vertebra replica of this monster snake.

The Titanoboa was discovered in a coal mine in Columbia in 2007 where 58- million years ago it was once a jungle that received 150-inches of rain per year. In this hot and humid environment, everything grew bigger including: bugs, turtles, giant foliage, and this enormous snake, which was so big it could eat a 12-foot crocodile. After the dinosaurs became extinct, this giant monster snake became the king predator measuring 48-feet long (longer than a school bus) and weighing more than a ton.

This exhibit is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Smithsonian Channel, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is open Monday- Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 645 E 1430 N in Provo. There is no cost for this museum.
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