The Titanoboa which means literally “titanic boa” is an extinct genus of snakes that lived during the Paleocene epoch, approximately 60 to 58 million years ago. Some scientists think that Titanoboa was the find of the decade and that it’s one of the most important since the Tyrannosaurus rex findings in 1902. The gigantic snake could swallow a crocodile, but amazingly just a few years ago, scientists didn’t have a clue that it ever existed. With its giant size, the Titanoboa is very much like the snakes featured in the Hollywood horror snake movies, it’s a good thing it is extinct.
As stated above, snakes tend to be generalists, even those species which may display a preference for certain types of animals through specific patterns of hunting behaviour, will attempt strikes on other animals if they think they have an opportunity for a meal. In determining what Titanoboa ate, we have to look to the other known fauna of the Cerrejón Formation. Some animals that immediately stand out are crocodiles, specifically the genera Cerrejonisuchus, Acherontisuchus and Anthracosuchus. Although crocodiles are fearsome predators in their own right, it is a known scientific fact that they can become prey to large snakes that will think nothing of attacking and consuming them.