Massive Python Captured In Malaysia Dies Just A Day After It Was Caught

The reticulated python was nearly 25 feet long and weighed 551 pounds.

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Six civil defense workers were needed to subdue the massive snake. Via Malaysia Civil Defense Department/BBC
John Virata

A huge reticulated python captured in Malaysia April 9 has died. She measured 7.5 meters (nearly 25 feet) in length, carried unlaid eggs and weighed 551 pounds.

Construction workers building a road flyover bridge in Penang, Malaysia, discovered what was one of the longest reticulated python ever caught, at 24.5 feet in length, according to The Guardian. That is one massive snake.

After finding the huge snake, the workers called the Malaysia Civil Defense Department to remove the python from the construction site, because the construction workers there most likely didn’t want to have anything to do with the python. It took a crew of six civil defense workers about 30 minutes to capture the reptile, the news outlet reports.

The python was gravid, and after one day in captivity, it died. Via Malaysia Civil Defense Department/BBC

The python was gravid (pregnant), and after one day in captivity, it died. Via Malaysia Civil Defense Department/BBC

An official with the department told the Guardian that she was about 8 meters in length (26 feet) and weighed about 250 kilograms, or about 551 pounds. Malaysian media called the snake at 7.5 meters. Sadly, the snake died April 10 after laying an egg, apparently stressed out during her capture and handling, Malaysia Civil Defense worker Muhammad Aizat told the BBC. A video posted to the Malaysian Star website shows how the snake was handled. It also shows a man kick the snake to get a response out of her.

The reticulated python, hugely (no pun intended) popular in the reptile hobby, is native to much of Southeast Asia. Certain reticulated python morphs can sell for more than $12,000. The longest known retic is Medusa, a snake living in Kansas City, Missouri. Medusa measures 25 feet 2 inches long.

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  • The way that she was handled in barbaric. There was no need for that man to kick her. That is abuse, and the way she was manhandled is inexcusable. How would you like it if someone came up to you and treated you the same way? That is why she died they probably cause internal injuries to her and it killed her. They should be ashamed of theirselves for how they handled her. She was a beautiful snake and had lived a long life to get as big as she was. ????????????????I am sadden by the fact that she was unable to lay and hatch her young.

    Jennifer McAnally April 11, 2016 4:04 pm Reply
  • Another gorgeous animal meets a tragic end. These men should be ashamed of themselves. The way they treated her, kicking her, spraying her with a hose and tossing her over their shoulders like they did is exactly what killed her. Snakes are easily stressed. Especially wild caught ones that are made a public attraction like she was. Karma is a pain, but they deserve it.

    Jessica April 11, 2016 4:12 pm Reply
  • Very disgusted with how humans continue to destroy these beautiful animals.

    Doug Hall April 11, 2016 7:08 pm Reply
  • WHY? What’s their reasoning for treating her like that? Disgusting!

    Christina April 11, 2016 11:47 pm Reply
  • Inhumane! And these are the civil defense staff?? Shame on them! Shame on the government.

    Arun April 12, 2016 12:55 am Reply
  • Kicking a snake really its a living creature it should have been treated with respect not like a freakish attaction she probably died as a result of stress and miss handling just because its a giant snake dose not mean it should be miss handled or abused how would they like to be thrown around and misstreated ????

    Scott April 12, 2016 1:39 am Reply
  • Holy F**K! You Freakin Killed it! That was a magnificent Snake and a wonder of Nature .
    It was probably the Longest living Snake EVER seen. (Prev longest is Medussa) .

    MrRVJ April 12, 2016 2:05 am Reply
  • yet another reason i am ashamed to be a human…..

    Liam April 12, 2016 11:24 am Reply

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