Look Out, Sam!

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

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

Web: museum.uln.edu

Phone: 402-472-2642

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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.

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