This summer, Dinosaur Journey in Fruita will host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Titanoboa: Monster Snake.” Slithering in at 48 feet long and weighing an estimated one-and-a-half tons, a realistic replica of the world’s largest snake is sure to send chills down any visitor’s spine.
Sixty million years ago, in the era after the mass extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs, scientists believe that a colossal snake related to modern boa constrictors thrived in a hot tropical climate.
“Titanoboa: Monster Snake” includes the snake replica and two vertebrae casts made from the original fossils: a 17-foot-long modern green anaconda and the vertebra from Titanoboa, as the giant snake is called. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
“Titanoboa: Monster Snake” opens to the public on May 19, with a special member’s reception on the evening of May 18 at 5:30 pm at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita. The exhibit will slither away August 5. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this amazing exhibit!