The Gigantophis kept the name of the biggest known snake for at least a hundred decades. The Gigantophis lived at the Sahara, from the Eocene epoch.

The Gigantophis Garstini was initially called a giant python-like snake by Charles W. Andrews in 1901, from fossils located in Al Fayum, in southern Egypt.


To gauge the Gigantophis dimensions Jason Head, of the Smithsonian Institution, compared the fossil complexes into people of a number of the biggest snakes alive now. Its span was estimated at roughly 30 to 35 feet.

The Gigantophis stays were found along with other marine vertebrates, such as snakes, sirens, marine turtles, crocodilians and even other big marine snakes.

In 1961 a different scientist (Robert Hoffstetter) discovered more remains of Gigantophis at Dor-et-Talha in Libya, on a site situated about 1500 kilometers west of their initial study area.

​​New Gigantophis fossils which were located in 2014 in Pakistan indicate that the extensive distribution of these species extends from Africa, the Middle East to South Asia.

The snake was called after Egyptian Under Secretary of State for Public Works, William Garstin. The species is well known from a Few of mainly vertebrae, fossils and jaws just to scientists. ​

The Gigantophis garstini species has been categorized as a part of their madtsoiidae family. The‭ ‬Madtsoiidae‭ ‬a group‭ ‬including ancient snakes such as Wonambi and the Madtsoia.‭

Like lots of other giant ancient snakes and now’s giants such as the green anaconda or the reticulated python, the Gigantophis was a potent constrictor able to squeezing the life from its unfortunate victim.

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It likely has preyed on proboscideans, pig-sized ancestors of modern dinosaurs in addition to early crocodilians.