PENANG – State Wldlife officials in Penang have reported that a massive python was caught at a Penang Constuction site, saying it could be the longest snake ever caught, pending verification by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The reticulated python â€“ a species found in south-east Asia and widely considered as the longest reptile species â€“ was spotted where a flyover was being built in Paya Terubong, a district on the island and tourist haven of Penang.
Herme Herisyam from Malaysiaâ€™s civil defence force, the department that caught the snake, told reporters that workers from the construction site called the emergency services on Thursday.
â€œIt is eight metres in length and weighs about 250kg,â€ he said by phone.
Six of them had to walk about 100m from the nearest road to reach the spot. They found the snake under a fallen tree and took more than 30 minutes to bring it down to a safe place.
Other reports put the length of the python at 8m, which would make it a contender for the world record of longest snake in captivity.
The current record holder is Medusa, also a reticulated python. She was measured at 7.67m in 2011, and is said to weigh 158.8 kg.
There are reports of larger snakes, some as long as 10m, but many are unverified.
A python found in Indonesia in 2004 was at first said to be more than 14m long, but was later measured at around 6.5m to 7m.
Reticulated pythons, which are found in South-east Asia, are on average the world’s longest snakes.
The non-venomous constrictor normally grows to 3m to 6m.