A reticulated python, called Medusa, has slithered into the Guinness record books as the world’s largest snake living in captivity.
The reptile, lives in the Edge of Hell haunted house attraction in Kansas City, and it needs about 40lb animal in a week but could easily eat something weighing more than 100lbs.
The python’s diet consists of a combination of rabbits, hogs and deer, served to her every two weeks., reports The Daily Mail.
The 8 years old reptile is known as ‘the sloppiest eater within attraction’, who accidentally bite into herself instead of her dinner.
Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records have verified her title and now Medusa has officially become the world’s largest snake.
Medusa’s handler Larry Edgar says, “We try to keep Medusa well-fed and slightly out of reach as there have been instances with Reticulated Pythons where they’ve had to cut people out of them! We never underestimate that she does always have the upper-hand.”
Elgar went on, adding that he isn’t intimidated by the large python: “They’ve actually cut people out of them, they are man eaters.”
He continued: “Fear is just a lack of understanding. I have no fear. I understand that she can kill me. I’ve been wrapped up and put unconscious by a reticulated python that was only 18 feet long.”
“I understand the repercussions, but that’s no reason to fear. That car you drove in has killed more people than anything else in the world. But you’re not scared when you put your keys in it, are you?”
Mr Edgar said he bought the eight-year-old snake as a baby and she’s still growing. He said that then ‘ his snake was 24 inches long, as big as my finger.’ As for now? The snake is still growing.
The Edge of Hell attraction is run by Full Moon Productions and uses the world’s largest reptile to entertain visitors at the attraction, particularly those afraid of snakes.
She often gathers crowds when she makes rare visits to local parks around Kansas City as well. Amber Arnett-Bequeaith,Vice President of Full Moon Productions and Medusa’s Spokesperson, states that:
“Medusa’s size and stature are mesmerizing! Perhaps there really is an alluring aspect to ‘deadly’ beauty, as her name connotes.”
He added: “Full Moon Productions is proud to showcase such an extraordinary reptile, and hopes that everyone can appreciate her and the Guinness World Records title she now holds.”
The giant snake will “purr” like a cat when she’s content, and she will “hiss” or “huff” when distressed, claims the press release. She has eclipsed Fluffy, a reticulated python, who has previously had the same title.
At 24ft long she held the record for longest snake living in captivity until she died at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, two years ago. The reptile was 18 years old and still 24 ft long and died of an apparent tumor.
“The Reticulated Python species dates back to the prehistoric era and is one of the largest snakes on the globe,” states the press release from Guinness World Record.