18 May '12, 3pm

Giant snake and giant turtle were besties

Giant snake and giant turtle were besties

You couldn’t have a one-ton snake today — the climate’s just too moderate for a cold-blooded creature that size. But back when the planet was warmer by nature, all kinds of terrifying mega-reptiles roamed the Earth. So, in anticipation of global warming, maybe we should start preparing for how to coexist with snakes the size of buses. Lesson one: Apparently they pal around with giant turtles . Researchers from the University of Florida have announced that they’ve found an eight-foot-long prehistoric turtle in the same Colombian mine where the one-ton “Titanoboa ” was discovered. The 60-million-year-old specimen, which the scientists have named Carbonemys cofrinii, is an ancestor of modern tropical turtles — and the press release describes it as “one of the only animals the world’s largest snake could not have eaten.” If that’s not the basis for a friendship, I don’t know w...

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