Now I for one do not like snakes. ANY snakes. Long, short, fat, thin….lawyers, whatever. I don’t even like worms. Or spiders. Snakes for some reason, which I will get into, just freak me out. For one thing, they don’t really make any noise. They just kinda sneak up on you and do whatever it is snakes do if they just feel like doing it. Like eating you for instance. Or perhaps just taking a bite outta you.
So, it was with great disdain that I read about the Smithsonian Institutions latest project called, “Titanoboa: Monster Snake.” As far as I’m concerned, you should never put the words “snake” and “monster” in the same sentence and expect me not to panic. The same would go for “worm” and “monster.”
Now this here snake has been extinct for some time, but that didn’t give me any consolation. What if there’s one roaming around some Amazon forest somewhere just waiting to sneak its snaky self onto some cargo ship and make it to the U.S. Think about THAT folks.!
Wanna know just how big this damn snake is. I’ll tell ya. It stands waist-high and is as big as a school bus. That is one big snake! And, as you can see by the photos I’ve posted, it can swallow an entire crocodile with one single gulp. However, it does have to take a few “Rolaids” afterwards. You know how it is when you tend to gulp down food…..or an entire crocodile with chewing your food properly.
Now part of this exhibit, (the snake and the eating the croc part) is currently on display at New York’s Grand Central Station. (might wanna pass up on eating a chili dog while you’re waiting for a train) The full exhibit will be at the Smithsonian Institutions’ National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. beginning on March 30th. There will also be a two hour TV special, (wide-screen to accommodate the size of the snake) entitled, “Titnoboa: Monster Snake” on the Smithsonian Channel which will air on April 1st.
Jonathan Bloch, a vertebrate paleontologist, (one who determines if snakes are pale) who is one of the team of researchers who first discovered the remains of this huge snake described the enormous vertebrae as, “sort of like if you saw a mouse skull the size of a rhino skull.” Or, in my opinion, if I were a researcher, and I found a piece of cheese the size of a school bus with huge teeth marks in it.
This snake is related to a boa constrictor, which as we all know constricts, but actually behaved like an Anaconda. Which is of no consolation at all considering I saw the movie “Anaconda” starring Jon Voight and I believe he was swallowed entirely by that snake. Ever since then I haven’t been able to look at Angelina Jolie, Voight’s, daughter, without thinking that somewhere out there is an Anaconda that wants seconds. Which I can understand considering how tasty and hot Angelina is. To a snake anyhow. Well…..to me too.
(ya have to think about that one)
And, for you snake lovers, what the hell are ya thinkin’ anyhow? What kind of companionship can ya get from a damn snake? WHAT….is it………… the constant hugs they give ya or that they don’t make any noise. It’s not like when someone rings the doorbell and if ya have a dog, it barks. I don’t get it.
And how do ya clean up snake poop anyhow? Biggggggg snake poop considering this snake is, as I said, the size of a school bus. Geez, I’d hate to be hauling out Hefty Bags full of Titanoboa poop to the trash every day. Hernia city.
I, for one, will NOT be either visiting this Smithsonian exhibition at Grand Central Station or in D.C., nor will I be watching that TV special. It took me months to get over the nightmares I had from watching “Anaconda.” And feeling sorry for Jon Voight.
Besides, as it is, I’m still trying to get over my childhood nightmares I still have to this day about giant ants from watching the movie, “THEM,” (1954) when I was a mere child and thought that giant ants really existed.
Which is why whenever I come across a good-sized ant out on my patio in the summer I scoop it up, take it outside, and set it free. Much to my other half’s objections, because she’d sooner step on it and throw it in the trash.
But me, I’m more cautious…..jusssst in case there really are giant ants. Don’t wanna piss off any of them and then pay the price in the long run if they really do exist.
At least if I save one ant, and they have the capacity to remember that favor, I might be spared if they get to the size of a Titanoboa. One can never be too cautious.
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