A huge living python estimated to be eight meters (26 feet) was caught on Thursday after a grueling 30-minute struggle on a construction site in Malaysia. The reptile could take the record for being the largest python Malaysia and the rest of the world has ever discovered.
This type of python is called reticulated which is commonly found in Southeast Asia and is known to be the one of the biggest reptile species. The giant python was spotted in Paya Terubong where a flyover was being built.
Hereme Herisyma called emergency services on Thursday which lead to them trapping the snake after a long half hour. Herisyma is an official with the Malaysian Department that assisted with catching the snake. Later, it was recorded to be about 250kgs in weight.
Sadly, only three days later it was reported the python had died after giving birth. It is still not known the real cause of its death. Some speculate that the animal was mistreated and the stress of the capture caused it to die.
Guinness World Records had given the title of longest snake ever caught to another reticulated python named Medusa in 2011. She is on display at The Edge of Hell Haunted House located in Kansas City, Missouri.
Medusa is 90kg lighter than the python Malaysia recently reported. She is said to weigh 158.8kg and measured at 7.67 meters in length.
In 2010, there was another record holder for the longest snake in captivity named Fluffy. Fluffy was a 7.3-meter python who died in 2010 at the age of 18.
Massive snakes are still actively living in the wild and are not a new discovery. During the early 1900’s there was a 10-meter python found and shot in Indonesia.
Reticulated pythons prefer to live in woodlands, grasslands and rain forests. They’re exceptional swimmers and have been spotted in streams, rivers, and even lakes.
Pythons feed on mammals and occasionally birds. They have been recorded eating anything from small rodents like rats, to large animals like pigs, dogs, cats chickens, and even baby bears. Pythons usually wait until their prey comes within their strike range and then wrap their body around the prey, constricting it to death.