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If you have ophidiophobia, fear of snakes, this new exhibit will either give you nightmares or cure you.

After this monster 48-foot-long snake, a replica from the Smithsonian of the largest known snake, all the others will seem less formidable and maybe nonthreatening.

The extinct Titanoboa was aquatic and weighed about 2,500 pounds. Anaconda-like, it constricted its prey, crushing them and swallowing them whole. A meal sufficed for weeks.

Titanoboa lived 60 million years ago, and fossils were discovered by scientists working in one of the world’s largest open-pit coal mines in La Guajira, Colombia.

Other fossils at the site included giant turtles and crocodiles — food for Titanoboa.

The replica arrived at Seattle’s Burke Museum in seven pieces. Consisting mainly of a foam core, Fiberglas and epoxy, hand-cranked worm gears bring the pieces together.

The centerpiece of the exhibit weighs a half-ton. It’ll be on display with snake skins, specimens of snakes from the San Juans in jars and an appearance by reptile expert Scott Petersen on Sept. 20. He’ll bring a dozen live snakes.

Petersen says “All our fears are acquired by watching others socially. Snakes are nature’s No. 1 rodent control. There’s no reason to be afraid, to kill them, to hate them.”

He says snakes do not chase you down.

“If you hold a domesticated snake, face your fear, you’ll not need therapy.” Do not chase down wild snakes.

Titanoboa: Monster Snake opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 15.