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Titanoboa, the 48-Foot Monster Snake, Slithers Into the Natural History Museum

See the giant prehistoric snake everyone's been talking about at the Natural History Museum, starting Friday, March 30 through January 6, 2013

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The model of Titanoboa will be on view at the Natural History museum starting tomorrow. Photo by James Di Loreto/Smithsonian Institution

It’s alive!

Well, not really. But you might have to do a double-take at the 48-foot long replica of Titanoboa, on view starting tomorrow at the Natural History Museum. After a head-turning debut at New York’s Grand Central Station last week, the giant snake has taken up residence in D.C. The exhibition, “Titanaboa: Monster Snake” charts the incredible 2002 discovery of the snake’s fossils in the coal mines of Cerrejón, Colombia. The discovery itself is just as huge as the snake; Jonathan Bloch, one of the paleontologists on the team, explains, “After the extinction of the dinosaurs, this animal was literally the largest predator on the surface of the planet for at least ten million years.”

If that’s not enough to pique your interest, we’ve compiled a required reading/viewing list of all things monstrous and reptilian:

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Aviva Shen is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress. Before joining CAP, Aviva interned and wrote for Smithsonian magazine, Salon, and New York.

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