Heads up, Philly: a monster of an exhibition opens at the Academy of Natural Sciences on Saturday, February 14.
The latest exhibit to hit the halls of the Academy of Natural Sciences is Titanoboa: Monster Snake, an exhibition about the largest snake to ever live.
The massive snake not only measured 48 feet, but it also weighed 2,500 pounds — big enough to kill and eat a crocodile.
Remains of the giant snake, which ruled rainforests during the Paleocene era, were found underground in a Colombian coal mine and now a full-scale model of the huge predator will be on view at the Academy through April.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is, of course, the monster snake.
Beyond the huge life-size model snake, the exhibition also includes live snakes from the museum’s collection, as well as educational displays about snake’s venom, fangs and scales from Academy educators.
Plus, screenings of a Smithsonian documentary about the Titanoboa will round out the exhibition.
The exhibition visits Philadelphia for a limited time, and was created by 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.
Opening weekend of the exhibition coincides with the academy’s Paleopalooza celebration, a weekend festival about dinosaurs.
On both February 14 and 15, the museum will host a slew of fossil-centric programming. Guests can look forward to conversations about dinosaurs, a fossil scavenger hunt, a live animal show, dinosaur crafts and even a look at fossils of some of the creepiest animals that ever lived.
Note that entry to the Titanoboa exhibition is an extra $3 in addition to the price of general admission.
Make plans now to visit this huge exhibition.
Titanoboa: Monster Snake at the Academy of Natural Sciences
When: February 14-April 19
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $3 plus general admission ($15.95, adults; $13.95, children ages 3–12)
More info: www.ansp.org