Giant python found on Malaysian building site
April 12 2016 10:04 AM
Members of Malaysia’s Civil Defence Force pose for pictures with a python that was caught near a tree at a construction site in Penang.

AFP/Kuala Lumpur

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

The reticulated python was a whopping 7.5 metres long and weighed a staggering 250 kilogrammes.

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 defence 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 defence 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 metre specimen called Medusa, which lives in the US, according to the website of Guinness World Records.

Last updated: April 12 2016 10:35 AM

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