THE world’s longest python ever caught, measuring an estimated 26 feet (8 meters), had a short-lived stay in captivity when it died three days after being found in Malaysia.
This came after members of the nation’s civil defense team captured the huge reticulated python at a construction site in Penang late last week.
Local daily The Star reported the python, which weighed some 250 kg, had perished on Sunday after laying an egg a day earlier.
While the capture of the species was a common occurrence, this case had drawn worldwide attention due to the sheer size of the animal which was spotted at a site in Paya Terubong on Thursday. The python was found under a fallen three about 100 meters from the nearest road.
Reticulated pythons are considered one of the largest and longest species of snakes and can grow up to 6.5 meters in adulthood. It is also generally known to be harmless to humans and reports of attacks are very rare.
The python was kept at the team’s office in Sungai Ara, and was due to be handed to the state Wildlife Department before it died.
An official from the Civil Defense Department is expected to release a statement on the matter today.
According to U.K. news site The Guardian, the reptile caught in Penang was longer than the snake which officially holds the Guinness world record for longest snake. The snake, called Medusa, is also a reticulated python, which is currently in captivity in Kansas City.
The record-holding female python measured 7.67 meters and weighed 158.8 kg, over 90 kg lighter than the Malaysian specimen.