Largest snake in the world unveiled

  • 23 March 2012
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A statue of the largest snake in the world has been unveiled in New York.

The snake, called a titanoboa is now extinct but fossilised remains have given experts clues as to what it looked like.

It would have slithered around its native Colombia around 60 million years ago and would have stretched the length of a bus from head to tail.

The titanoboa also had a big appetite and would have been able to eat a whole crocodile for lunch!

Today's longest snake - the reticulate python - would have only been half its length.

And the current heaviest snake - the green anaconda - would have only been a tenth of its weight.