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Found only in the dark caves of the island, Titanoboa Exornantur is an aggressive creature that prefers cold dark rocky areas. This extremely large snake, while being a member of the Titanoboa genus, does not constrict its prey as most boas do. This adaption may come from coexisting with giant insects.
Being immune to knockout poisons, and being unable to pierce the thick chitin of the insects, the species have learned to coexist. They often even hunt large prey together. Titanoboa has developed a strange coexistence with the other creatures of the island's caves.
As they appear immune to knockout poisons, Titanoboa Exornantur is basically impossible to render unconscious. Because this crucial step can't be done, taming this can be a challenge!
— The Dossier
The Titanoboa (Tie-tan-o-bow-a) is a medium sized carnivorous reptile found on the Ark. The Titanoboa, meaning Titanic Boa, is the largest species of snake ever to been discovered. It is essential to know that Titanaboa is in fact resistant to poison and cannot be taken down in such a manner.
The Titanoboa is a constrictor snake of immense size, dwarfing even the largest anacondas. Thick and bulky, they are found in sizeable numbers in the island's swamps, ambushing prey from the shallows and crushing it between its coils; they are also found in large caves, where their apparent immunity to invertebrate toxins protects them from the caves' other denizens. Their bulk precludes them from the attention of most predators, but if threatened the giant snake will flare a frill about its neck and strike out, biting with several rows of recurved, needle-like teeth.
Very aggressive, belligerent and relentless, the Titanoboa will take on any creature it sees moving, which includes players who dare to approach one. Caves offer a safe location for Titanoboas to mingle with other creatures. They are also found in swamps, where they will attack whatever they can sink their fangs into. Although not amphibious like the Beelzebufo or the Sarcosuchus, they are adept at swimming. The attack of a Titanoboa increases Torpor, which can neutralize incoming players who are unable to fight this crippling game mechanic.
Titanoboa cannot be tamed, yet they are an important part of the game. They do drop eggs that are used to make Titanoboa Kibble, which is used for the Gigantopithecus and the Dunkleosteus. These eggs are pearly white, so they stand out in a swamp environment. The eggs are incredibly rare, so players often launch egg raids on the swamp. This exposes them to the Titanoboa's deadly attacks, which can foil any egg raid with a few bites.
So far these snakes have only been found within the dark caves and swamps of the island. When someone finds them above ground, their home is usually close by as these animals won't leave their eggs unguarded.
As of a recent update Titanoboa can now be found in the swamp biomes as well, they do seem to cluster in groups of 3-4, with the occasional stray.
- They tend to stay next to the Onychonycteris or Pulmonoscorpius depending on the cave.
- Despite being common in caves and swamps, they drop prime meat often. However, the prime meat usually spoils before you get out.
- When tamed using the cheat command "forcetame", one is not able to access the inventory of the boa (last tested v. 184.1)
- The real Carbonemys and Titanoboa were contemporaries. They both lived in the jungle rivers of what is now Colombia 60 million years ago.
- On the Xbox One, the kill feed misspells Titanoboa as "Titanboa".
- The real Titanoboa was not venomous, instead using its massive coils to crush prey. They did not have frills either, much like the Dilophosaurus.
- Titanoboas have the somewhat unique ability to slither over 1 (possibly 2 depending on the terrain) high walls. This is most likely not a bug, but rather a side effect of them being able to climb up and over the very uneven terrain inside caves which before patch 216.0 was the only place they could be found. Without this ability Titanoboas would quite easily become trapped on the uneven terrain due to their elongated dimensions. Keep this ability in mind if you are building a base near the swamp biome, and consider adding a Wooden Catwalk "lip" to the edge of your walls to stop them from paying an unexpected visit.
- The developers of ARK have confirmed that the Titanoboa will be tameable in the future.
- It seems that if a Titanoboa knocks you out in the water it will stop attacking you after a bit if it hasn't already killed you. This might make running into the water a decent last ditch effort to avoid death after being bitten by a Titanoboa as you currently do not drown while unconscious.