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Laophis crotaloides by HodariNundu Laophis crotaloides by HodariNundu
Una versión libre de Laophis crotaloides, una víbora gigante cuyos restos fueron hallados en Grecia y descritos en 1857; al principio se le creyó emparentada con la víbora de cascabel. Hoy se cree que probablemente era más próxima al genero Bitis (como la vibora bufadora y la vibora del Gabón).
No he podido encontrar ninguna referencia que especifique su tamaño, pero ha sido descrita como la víbora más grande conocida, bastante mayor que cualquiera de nuestros días.

A free version of Laophis crotaloides, a giant viper whose remains were found in Greece and described in 1867; at first it was thought to be related to rattlesnakes. Today it is thought to be closer to genus Bitis (like the Gaboon viper and the puff-adder). I haven´t been able to find any references specifying its size, but it has been described as the largest viper known, substantially larger than any alive today.
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Except, Darren Naish said that it was only slightly larger than the biggest modern viper. Not "substantially larger".
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014   General Artist
I believe I didn´t base this on that guy's words, but rather on an old book that described it as a giant. Who knows.
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
I would trust Darren's judgement over outdated sources, if I were you. I don't understand this need for certain artists (not just you) to go for the high-end of the estimates, as opposed to more skeptical estimates.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist
If you were me, you wouldn´t be interested on "skeptical estimates". You would be attracted by the biggest, and beyond.
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
But is the biggest even reasonable or realistic? That's my problem with the more unreasonable estimates.
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist
If I concerned myself with what's reasonable or realistic, I wouldn´t be a fiction writer. It is a "problem" we obviously don´t share.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
But these are real animals...

Are you telling me you care more about your Hodarized impressions of these animals, than the real ones? If so, then fine, a strong imagination is a good thing :)

I didn't mean to be overly critical, I just wanted to know if we were coming from the same direction. My impression of prehistoric animals is usually maintained as being as close to the real thing as possible, but if you differ in that regard, you need only say so.

I hope you're not mad, I just didn't understand your position, but now I do.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist
You ask:

"Are you telling me you care more about your Hodarized impressions of these animals, than the real ones?"

And it's a curious question, really. What do you mean by "caring"? I am obviously fond of the pics I draw, because they are a creation of mine. I put my imagination, dedication and whatever talent I may have into them. It's the same when I write a story. So in that sense I suposse you could say I do "care" about my "hodarized impressions", same as any artist cares about their own work.

Real dinosaurs are not my creation. I love them, and I love learning about them. But that doesn´t mean I can´t add my own spin when drawing them, because that's what artists (or at least, non-scientifically minded ones) do.

"If so, then fine, a strong imagination is a good thing "

Yes, I believe so too.

"I didn't mean to be overly critical, I just wanted to know if we were coming from the same direction. My impression of prehistoric animals is usually maintained as being as close to the real thing as possible, but if you differ in that regard, you need only say so."

I have said it many times, and I am amazed that it still isn´t clear, but I guess that's what I get for uploading so much prehistoric-themed stuff. :B


"I hope you're not mad, I just didn't understand your position, but now I do"

I am mad, isn´t it wonderful? :D But I'm not mad as in angry, don´t worry. I get it that I may be difficult to understand sometimes. But you really don´t HAVE to understand me. If you like my work, you can continue enjoying it as long as you take it as what it is only- a product of someone's imagination. Inspired by reality, yes, but not necessarily limited by it.
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LacitheHunter Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Hi.Don't know if you know but,could this baddy be about as big as an anaconda or python,or bigger?
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
It was roughly 3.5 meters long estimate.
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biomanzilla Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
If you don't know just how big it was, how do you know it was bigger than modern vipers?
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   General Artist
I was told so by a paleontologist
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:icontarturus:
Tarturus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Snakes are truly amazing animals. ^^
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Tendre que esconder a mimascota :D para que esto no se la coma
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luka0701 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Beautifull.
So, it's true size is not known?
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   General Artist
No, only that it was larger than modern day vipers
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work! Love the fierce stare. :D
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   General Artist
Thanks!
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks awesome! :omfg: Btw, I read somewhere it was slightly less then four meters in length, though I'm not sure if the source was really realiable. ;)
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
3.5 meters plus, apparently.
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   General Artist
Cool :>
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:iconjwartwork:
JWArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeeez! :D
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Kaijuking54 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
whats next giant cobras :?
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Xlthuathopec Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :D
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great work! =)
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   General Artist
thanx!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome! =)
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Una víbora mayor que lo cobra real sería terrorífica... y pensar que uno se pierde de saber de estas especies :)
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   General Artist
lo se! XD
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:iconzimices:
Zimices Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist
¿Leíste por casualidad este libro:[link] ? menciona hasta 3.66 metros (12 pies) de largo...
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   General Artist
No lo había visto :> Gracias por el link!
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If he was similar to the Gaboon viper (my fav viper) he was super badass indeed B-)
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   General Artist
Agreed :D
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o-o whoa
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KitWhitham Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Paleontology, proving that the past was a scary-ass place to live since the 1800s.
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AmericanRaptor Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
From what I can make out in the comment I'd say it's probably 5 meters long?
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TitanoRex Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
how did you even come across this animal?
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   General Artist
I didn´t... and I hope I never do XD

Oh, who am I kidding, I would love to see one. :D
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TitanoRex Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
ops i meant how did you come across the info(I should have worded that better)
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   General Artist
I was joking :D

I read about it in an old book.
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TitanoRex Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
ooohhhh I love finding animals that way, in old books (:
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DemitriVladMaximov Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great now we have to worry about real life basilisks. Very badass work my friend as always.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   General Artist
Thanks! :>
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:iconakitymh:
AkityMH Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How big was it?
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   General Artist
read the comment
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AkityMH Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no one knows then.. I bet it was 16 feet.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Estimated 3.5 meters or slightly more, so you're a bit off.
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   General Artist
That would be awesome to see :D
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:iconakitymh:
AkityMH Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well the King Cobra is about that big. Dont see why a Viper cant be.
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   General Artist
Everything's possible. The fact that vipers are much faster striking than any cobra only makes it more frightening :D
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