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All about Titanoboa, giant extinct snake species made famous by viral TikTok video

The video claimed that Google Maps had detected a gigantic snake skeleton off the coast of France. But fact-checking website Snopes debunked the claims, saying that the structure was actually an art installation.

March 31, 2022 / 02:16 PM IST
According to the Smithsonian Institution in the United States, Titanoboa were the largest snakes to have ever walked the earth. The 2,500-pound giants could crush and devour crocodiles. (Image credit: Smithsonian Institution)

According to the Smithsonian Institution in the United States, Titanoboa were the largest snakes to have ever walked the earth. The 2,500-pound giants could crush and devour crocodiles. (Image credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Last week, a video emerged on TikTok claiming that Google Maps had detected a gigantic snake skeleton off the coast of France. It claimed that the skeleton belonged to a Titanoboa, a pre-historic snake species.

Fact-checking website Snopes debunked the claims made by the viral video, saying that the structure found in France was an art installation, not a snake skeleton.

However, the video has generated interest in Titanoboa. Here are some facts about the species.

According to the Smithsonian Institution in the United States, Titanoboa were the largest snakes to have ever walked the earth.