Ancient Indian snake may have been longer than a bus and weighed a ton

Washington— An ancient giant snake India it may have been longer than a school bus and weighing more than a ton, investigators reported Thursday.

Fossils found near a coal mine revealed the existence of a snake that was estimated to reach between 36 feet and 50 feet in length. It is comparable to the longest known snake, about 42 feet long, that once lived in what is now Colombia.

The longest snake alive today is the Asian reticulated python, which measures 33 feet.

The newly discovered colossus lived 57 million years ago in the swampy evergreen forests of western India. It may have weighed up to 2,200 pounds, researchers said in the journal Scientific Reports.