Titanoboa: Monster Snake

Saturday, August 22, 2015Sunday, November 15, 2015

Temporary Gallery

The world's largest snake has slithered its way to the Burke Museum.

Titanoboa: Monster Snake at the Burke Museum through November 15, 2015

Titanoboa: Monster Snake is on display at the Burke Museum through November 15, 2015. Image: Copyright 2012 SNI/SI Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Deep in a Colombian coal mine, scientists discovered 60-million-year-old remains of the world’s largest snake: a 48-foot, 2,500-pound predator that could devour a crocodile. Now Titanoboa has slithered its way to the Burke Museum.

Delve into this startling discovery with a full-size replica of the giant snake, plus fossils, photos and videos that reconstruct Earth’s earliest-known rainforest and the lost world of life in the Paleocene following the demise of dinosaurs.


The Burke Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture. The Burke is an active research museum that cares for 16 million geology, biology and cultural objects from Washington state and around the world, preserving natural and cultural history and generating new discoveries. Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational, and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. More information is available at www.affiliations.si.edu.

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