A 26-foot-long python caught in Malaysia might be longest snake ever caught. Construction workers spotted the snake under a tree in the town of Paya Terubong. The snake died a few days after its capture. (Reuters)

Oh, giant snake, we hardly knew ye.

In a span of three days, humans managed to find what may have been the longest snake in the world, capture it, kick it and watch it die.

The reticulated python, a fairly common species in Southeast Asia, was spotted Thursday at a construction site in Paya Terubong, part of the Malaysian island of Penang. It was stuck under a fallen tree, the BBC reports.

The Penang Civil Defence Department was called in. Herme Herisyam, an official on that team, said it took a half-hour to capture the slithery beast.


Members of Malaysia’s Civil Defense Force pose with a python that was caught near a tree at a construction site in Penang, outside Kuala Lumpur. (Malaysia Civil Defense Force/AFP via Getty Images)

“It is eight metres in length and weighs about 250kg,” Herisyam told the Guardian.

Or more than 26 feet long and 550 pounds. If an official measurement confirms this, it will be the longest snake on record.


(AFP/Getty Images)

Currently, the Guinness World Record-holder is Medusa, a reticulated python who resides in Kansas City, Mo. When she was measured in 2011, she was 25 feet 2 inches long. According to Guinness World Records, 15 men were required to hold her for measurement.

Medusa is currently “part of [the] family” at the Edge of Hell Haunted House, according to a promotional video for Full Moon Productions, which owns the attraction.

For dinner, Medusa has eaten a 40-pound deer.

Before she took the title, a 24-foot reticulated python named Fluffy held the title of longest serpent.

We’ll never know what our new snake from Malaysia enjoyed when dining out, because the python died Sunday night just after giving birth, only three days after being captured. Muhammad Aizat, another member of the Penang Civil Defense Department team that caught the snake, told the BBC that the stress of being chased may have made giving birth fatal.

Little else is available about how the snake died, but one video on the Malaysian Star website shows a man kicking the snake, for seemingly no reason.