Published On: Tue, Apr 12th, 2016

Is this the world’s biggest snake? Massive 26ft-long reticulated python found on island in Malaysia could set a new record


A massive python measuring more than 26ft in length has been found in Malaysia – and could set a new record for the biggest snake ever caught.

Photos of the fearsome creature released by the Malaysian Civil Service show more than a dozen workers posing for photographs with the enormous beast.

Weighing more than 550lbs, the reticulated python could set a new record with only a handful of specimens previously caught known to exceed more than 20ft.

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Members of Malaysia's Civil Defence Force pose with the python it is claimed is 26ft long, which if correct would set a new world record

The massive reticulated python was found by construction workers on the island of Penang. Here they are posing with the huge reptile

Reticulated python such as these are constrictors, meaning they suffocate their prey then swallow them whole in a single sitting

The python, which requires multiple people to carry it, was found on the island of Penang, a developed piece of land located off the country’s western coast.

If the claims of its size are accurate, it is likely to become the world’s biggest snake and eclipse Medusa, a 25ft-long reticulated python living in captivity in the U.S, according to Guinness World Records.

Medusa is housed at an attraction called ‘The Edge of Hell Haunted House’ in Kansas City, and is known to eat an entire deer in a sitting.

Native to South East Asia, reticulated pythons have for years held claim to be the longest snakes in the world. However, its cousin the anaconda, which is native to South America, remains the heaviest species of snake.

Pythons are constrictors, meaning they kill their prey by squeezing and crushing them until they can no longer breathe, before dislocating their jaws to swallow the creatures whole.

Typical prey includes mammals such as monkeys and apes, pigs, deer and occasionally birds. An excellent swimmer, pythons have also been found far out at sea and are known to populate small islands in this way.

The massive snake lies on a concrete floor as admiring Malaysian Civil Defence members stare at it

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