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January 28, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Can you imagine a snake that’s longer than a school bus? Well, get ready! Because, the Titanoboa: Monster Snake exhibition is coming to MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science!

Museum Members: Save the date for the Titanoboa: Monster Snake Premiere Party on January 27, 2017 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Not a Member? Click here to join today.


From a fossil bed deep within Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine emerges Titanoboa, the largest snake ever found. This Paleocene reptile-from the epoch following the dinosaurs’ demise-stretches our concept of what a snake can be. At 48 feet, this mega snake was longer than a school bus and was at the top of the monster-eat-monster food chain.

For the team of paleontologists, finding Titanoboa is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. This reptile, along with other significant fossils unearthed in the Cerrejón coal mine, provides the first glimpse of the earliest known rainforest.Titanoboa: Monster Snake is an amazing look at a lost world and the incredible creatures that inhabitated it! Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous reptile.

Titanoboa: Monster Snake is a collaboration of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Smithsonian Channel. “Titanoboa” will travel to 15-cities on a national tour organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibit is sponsored locally by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation, Sanderson Farms, Inc., Feild Co-Operative Association, Inc., Walker Foundation, Steve and Chris Zachow, Trustmark Bank, and other generous sponsors.

Watch a short video about Titanoboa.