What: Titanoboa: Monster Snake
When: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays
Where: UNL Museum of Natural History, Morrill Hall, one block south of 14th and Vine streets, Lincoln
Tickets: $6 for adults, $3 for children 5-18, free for those 4 and younger
In the 2006 quasi-comic thriller Snakes On A Plane, dozens of average-sized snakes terrorized an airplane. But Samuel L. Jackson was there, and eventually he got "sick and tired of these mother#%#@$&* snakes" on that "mother!%$#@&* plane," and he put the beat down on them.
But I'm not sure Jackson could have taken on 48-foot Titanoboa, the world's largest snake. At 2,500 pounds, that's one giant serpent.
On SATURDAY (Feb. 22), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln State Museum of Natural History, Morrill Hall, will open an exhibit featuring a replica of Titanoboa, a reptile that lived 60 million years ago. The traveling Smithsonian display tells the story of the snake’s discovery in a Colombian coal mine, its reconstruction from the fossils found there, and the implications of this enormous creature, which is shown above eating an alligator.