Pictured above are similar vertebrae sections of two snakes. The dwarfed sample on the left is from an anaconda, the sample on the right is from titanoboa. Existing after the fall of dinosaurs some 58-60 million years ago and subsisting on a diet of crocodiles, the cold-blooded behemoth likely thrived because of the markedly hotter atmosphere at the time only to die off when the Pale Blue Dot cooled once more.
I think the Sci-Fi Channel owes a check to a research team from the University of Toronto who not only unearthed the ginormous fossil from a coal mine in Columbia, but also provided the contemporary plot device of global warming to explain the size of the beast AND then went on to politely name the thing TITANOBOA. It doesn’t get any easier than that, Sci-Fi Chan. In fact, the network might as well just start funding digs in the hope of discoving more Saturday night premieres.