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One Big Snake

In Jakarta, Indonesia, villagers have claimed to have caught a 49.21 feet long reticulating python. This would beat the second largest by nearly 17 feet! In an article from WFTV.COM, it describes more of the story.

Hundreds of people have flocked to see the snake at a primitive zoo in Curugsewu village on the country’s main island of Java, Republika daily reported. It splashed two large pictures of the reptile across its back page.

Local government official Rachmat said the reticulated python measured 14.85 meters (49 feet) and weighed in at 447 kilograms (985 pounds).

The Guinness Book of World Records lists the longest ever captured snake to be 9.75 meters (32 feet). The heaviest–a Burmese Python kept in Gurnee, Illinois–weighs 182.76 kilograms (403 pounds), the book said on its Web site.

Rebublika said the snake, which was caught last year but only recently put on public display, eats three or four dogs a month.

Reticulated pythons are the world’s longest snakes. They are capable of eating animals as large as sheep, and have been known to attack and consume humans.

I think I’m going to have nightmares for a week.

4 comments to One Big Snake

  • Bizarre.

    Three or four dogs a month is a lot; I know some Korean families that can only get through two or three in that period of time. Bad joke, I know. And for the record, I love Korean food.

    Of course, this snake wouldn’t have grown to such mammoth proportions if Evil Plastic-Turkey-Serving Bush had signed the Kyoto accords. I think it’s a neo-con plot.

  • Ray

    Mmmmm…. I wonder what python tastes like. It would seem that a reptile of that size would produce a lot of nutritious meat for the villagers. I have nothing against reptiles as an order of animal life, but I appreciate the fact that most of them are small enough for the average human to prevail against. That has not always been the case and we mammals owe our exalted position at the top of the food chain to that errant arteroid that dropped in on us some 65 million years ago.

    This reminds me of something that Carl Denham, that flamboyant showman who brought Kong to New York back in 1931, might have discovered on Skull Island, or that those underwater salvage people who captured Gorgo, might have found at the bottom of the sea. Hopefully, this monster will not, as did Gorgo, have a much larger parent out there somewhere seeking her lost child. Now that would be One Big Snake. Snakes Alive!!!

  • Trish

    I have a yellow tiger Reticulated python. and she is already 10ft and she is just over a year old. she is so pretty.but she is very tame and i handel her all the time….

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