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RE: World's Largest Snake Caught

From: "Richard W. Travsky" <rtravsky@uwyo.edu>
Reply-To: rtravsky@uwyo.edu
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: World's Largest Snake Caught
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 23:51:52 -0700 (MST)

or so this article claims (yes, not dinos but cool!)


 JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesian villagers claim to have captured a
 python that is 49.21 feet long and weighs nearly 1,000 pounds, a local
 official said Monday.

 If confirmed, it would be the largest snake ever kept in captivity.
 Local government official Rachmat said the reticulated python measured
 14.85 meters (49 feet) and weighed in at 447 kilograms (985 pounds).

 The Guinness Book of World Records lists the longest ever captured snake
 to be 9.75 meters (32 feet). The heaviest--a Burmese Python kept in
 Gurnee, Illinois--weighs 182.76 kilograms (403 pounds), the book said on
 its Web site.

 Rebublika said the snake, which was caught last year but only recently
 put on public display, eats three or four dogs a month.

 Reticulated pythons are the world's longest snakes. They are capable of
 eating animals as large as sheep, and have been known to attack and
 consume humans.

50 feet and a half a ton? If it's not eh largest it'll do for now.

I've seen a picture of this critter in a newspaper. It's huge. I think it's head is as large as a shoebox.

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