Medusa - Largest Snake Ever in Captivity! Medusa slithers into Guinness World Records 2013
At 7.67 meters (25 feet 2 inches) long, Medusa, a Reticulated Python owned by Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, Missouri, USA is the longest snake ever in captivity.
The 8-year-old, 158.8 kilogram (350-pound) reptile is primarily kept coiled up in a nook in a haunted house attraction (The Edge of Hell) with its cavernous turn-of-the-century brick warehouse. Medusa's primary diet consists of a combination of rabbits, hogs and deer, served to her every two weeks.
Inside the Edge of Hell!
The haunted house staff knows her as the sloppiest eater within The Edge of Hell Haunted House attraction, as she's been known to accidentally bite into herself instead of her dinner. While a python's behavior could be wild and unpredictable, Medusa is typically tolerable and respectable of others unless agitated, hungry or provoked.
According to Medusa's handler and Edge of Hell's general manager, Larry Edgar, "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."
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 has also been known to "purr" like a cat when content and "huff" or "hiss" if she's distressed or annoyed.
Medusa prefers that Larry assists with her shedding and if the python has any spots that prove tough to shed, she will nudge him for assistance.
The Worlds Largest Snake Meet "Medusa, the world's largest snake" living in captivity. Medusa is a seven year old Reticulated Python. Reticulated Pythons can live to be 25-30 years old.
Medusa is owned by Full Moon Productions Inc. in Kansas City Missouri, and has been raised and cared for by snake handler Larry Edgar. Larry has been handling and raising snakes for over 30 years. Medusa is of course the largest snake Larry has ever raised.
At Medusa's last measuring, she came in at a few inches over 25 feet long and weighs well over 300 lbs. It is very rare for a reticulated python to grow anywhere near the size and weight of Medusa, especially while being raised in captivity. Her measurements are scheduled to be verified and authenticated by Guinness World Records in late October 2011. The previous official Guinness record is 24 feet.
Medusa has been making headlines over the last couple months including this current coverage by CNN.