Giant python found on Malaysian building site

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GIANT CATCH This handout picture taken on April 7, 2016 and released by the Malaysia Civil Defense Department shows members of the Malaysia’s Civil Defense Force posing for pictures with a python that was caught near a tree at a construction site in Penang, outside Kuala Lumpur. One of the longest snakes captured in Malaysia died after laying an egg, authorities told Agence France-Presse on April 12. AFP PHOTO

GIANT CATCH This handout picture taken on April 7, 2016 and released by the Malaysia Civil Defense Department shows members of the Malaysia’s Civil Defense Force posing for pictures with a python that was caught near a tree at a construction site in Penang, outside Kuala Lumpur. One of the longest snakes captured in Malaysia died after laying an egg, authorities told Agence France-Presse on April 12. AFP PHOTO

KUALA LUMPUR: A quarter-ton snake that was found nestling on a building site could be the longest ever captured in Malaysia, officials said on Tuesday.

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The reticulated python was a whopping 7.5 meters (25 feet) long and weighed a staggering 250 kilograms (550 pounds).

The giant creature was discovered on Penang island by construction workers and kept in an office, where it was fed and watered while wildlife experts were contacted.

However, the python died on Sunday after laying an egg, a spokesman for the civil defense department told AFP.

“We are so sad this happened,” he said. “We have rescued many other snakes and animals before. We’re not sure why the snake died.

“We fed it mice, other meats and gave (it) water, just like we gave other snakes in the past.”

Curious locals flocked to the office over the weekend to catch a glimpse of the mighty reptile, with one person offering 10,000 ringgit ($1,300) for it, The Star newspaper reported on its website.

The civil defense spokesman said the snake was certainly one of the longest found in Malaysia.

The longest snake in captivity — also a reticulated python — is a 7.67 meter specimen called Medusa, which lives in the United States, according to the website of Guinness World Records.

AFP

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