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Segamat may have world’s longest snake

Last year, a massive python, more than 26ft (7.9 metres) in length, was found in Penang.

This made headlines worldwide and the UK’s Daily Mail said it could set a new record for the biggest snake ever caught.

Today, a net cast by a villager at Buluh Kasap here, which was meant to help him catch some fish, ended up trapping an even longer python.

He immediately summoned the Fire and Rescue Department to help him capture the snake before it could do anyone any harm.

According to the Jalan Abdullah fire chief, Herman Amat, it was eight metres long and weighed more than 90kg.

“It was probably looking for shelter because its habitat was flooded or was out looking for food,” he told FMT.

The Guinness Book of World Records states that the longest reticulated python in captivity currently is 25 foot long (7.67 metres), named Medusa. It is in the United States and weighs 158.8kg.

The python found in Penang never made it into the world records as it died about four days after it was discovered at a construction site in Bayan Lepas.

“Usually, the cases we receive involve small-sized snakes. It’s really rare for us to see this kind of huge snakes,” said Herman.

The Civil Defence Department has taken possession of the Segamat snake and it is expected to be handed over to Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) later.

- freemalaysiatoday

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