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Scientists discover fossil of huge prehistoric snake in western India

Scientists have recovered 27 fossil vertebrae from a mine in western India, believed to belong to one of the largest snakes ever known, estimated at up to 50 feet (15 meters) long, the Guardian reported.

The snake, named Vasuki indicus, resembled a large python and was not venomous, the article said, adding that it must have been a slow-moving ambush predator that would subdue its prey by constriction.

The remains were found in Panandhro, Gujarat, and researchers estimated the weight to be around 1 tonne.