While you can get into the Guinness Book of World Records doing pretty much anything, there are also those records featured in the book that are truly impressive. And some of those don’t even have anything to do with an activity, but simply with an impressive enough of an achievement.
Yes, in some cases simply existing is enough to get you into the book, but your existence has to be record-breaking. And as it happened, a group of construction workers from Malaysia found the record-breaking longest snake in the world. Sadly, the creature died only three days after being captured, but not before first giving birth.
A team of construction workers found what turned out to be the biggest snake ever captured when returning to work on last week. A reticulated python, the creature was found trapped under a fallen tree at a construction site in Paya Terubong. It took about half an hour to capture the slithering giant.
With its 26 feet in lengths (some eight meters long) and with its 550 pounds of mass (about 250 kilograms), the animal that weighed more than a Vespa died three days after its capture under mysterious circumstances. The construction team is still awaiting Guinness officials to confirm the record.
Previous record holder
Technically still the record holder until the measurements are finished, Medusa is also a reticulated python. She was captured in 2011 and measured at 25 feet and 2 inches long, and it took ten men to hold her up for the picture. She is currently residing in Kansas City, at the Edge of Hell haunted house.
For an idea of exactly how big Medusa is, one of her average dinners consists of a forty pound deer. While investigators are not considering Medusa in the death of her competitor, mainly for being on another continent, it is worth to mention that Medusa inherited her title from the previous record owner, a 24 foot snake of the same species called Fluffy.
Circumstances of death
The Malaysian python and most likely new record holder died tragically on Sunday night after giving birth. There are multiple scenarios for what killed the reptile, although the record is still to be validated, since the animal was captured alive.
One possibility would be that the tree that the snake was caught under actually made more than a flashing impact on the creature, ultimately leading to its death. Another would be that all the stress the female went through before and during birth might have had something to with it.
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