World's longest snake in captivity ever

275x250.jpg Meet Medusa, a 25ft 2in Reticulated Python who has gained a place in the Guinness World Records 2013 after being recognised at the ‘Longest Snake Ever in Captivity.’

The gigantic 8-year-old snake is owned by Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, USA and lives within The Edge of Hell haunted house attraction.

When not devouring her diet of rabbits, hogs and deer, the 350 pound reptile is usually found coiled up in a nook within the haunted attraction’s cavernous turn-of-the-century brick warehouse.

Her handler and the Edge of Hell’s general manager, Larry Edgar states: “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.”
While a python’s behavior could be wild and unpredictable, Medusa is typically tolerable and respectable of others unless agitated, hungry or provoked.  During the Haunted House season, Medusa enters into a performance mentality; a state the owners call her “stealth mode,” in which the snake remains extremely still as patrons pass by.  She will also “purr” like a cat when content, and “huff” or “hiss” if she’s distressed or annoyed.
 
Medusa prefers that her trainer, Larry Edgar, assist with her shedding and if the python has any spots that prove tough to shed, she will nudge him for assistance.  The serpent also enjoys swimming and rare outings to local parks in Kansas City with her trainer where she draws massive crowds.

“Medusa’s size and stature are mesmerizing!  Perhaps there really is an alluring aspect to ‘deadly’ beauty, as her name connotes.  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.” comments Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, Vice President of Full Moon Productions and Medusa’s Spokesperson.  

Medusa inherits the title from the previous record holder, Fluffy, another Reticulated Python from Ohio’sColumbus Zoo who measured in at 24ft long.  The Reticulated Python species dates back to the prehistoric era and is one of the largest snakes on the globe.

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Guinness World Records 2013     
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