News Advisory Florida Museum researchers featured in Smithsonian Titanoboa film airing week of April 1

March 31st, 2012

What: Smithsonian Channel documentary about the discovery by Florida Museum researchers and students of Titanoboa, the largest snake to ever live
When: April 7, 12:30-2:30 p.m. on CBS4 and 8-10 p.m. on My11

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Media:

Florida Museum of Natural History vertebrate paleontologist Jonathan Bloch and graduate students Alex Hastings and Fabiany Herrera are featured in the new documentary “Titanoboa: Monster Snake.”

The Smithsonian Channel-produced film explores the discovery of the largest snake that ever lived – measuring 48 feet long and weighing about 2,500 pounds.

The Gainesville Television Network will air the film locally April 7 on CBS4 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and My11 from 8 to 10 p.m. as well as April 8 on NBC9 from 1 to 3 p.m. The film will also air April 1 at 8 p.m. on the Smithsonian Channel and online at www.smithsonianchannel.com.

The two-hour documentary takes viewers from the Florida Museum’s research labs at Dickinson Hall to the fossil-rich Colombian coal mine that kept Titanoboa as well as giant crocodile and turtle species hidden for millions of years. The film also shows viewers the lush aquatic environment Titanoboa most likely called home.

The Florida Museum will host the Titanoboa traveling exhibit in 2013.

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Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu