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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