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Friday, September 23, 2011

She's 25ft long, 300lbs and it takes 15 people to hold her: Meet Medusa the world's largest snake (and her friends)

By Daily Mail Reporter

Record breaker: Medusa, seen here cosying up to her new colleagues, will be on display at the Edge of Hell, a haunted house attraction in Kansas City

She weighs more than 300lbs, is 25ft long and it takes 15 people to hold her. Now Medusa is set to slither into the record books as the world's largest snake living in captivity.

The massive python, which will be on display at the Edge of Hell haunted house attraction in Kansas City, eats a 40lb animal about once a week but could easily eat something weighing more than 100lbs.

She will soon be visited by representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records who are coming to verify her new title.

Medusa's trainer Larry Elgar told NBC Action News he isn't intimidated by the monster python.

He said: 'They've actually cut people out of them, they are man eaters.

'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 seven-year-old snake as a baby and she's still growing.

'Seven years ago, this snake was 24 inches long, as big as my finger,' he said.

Medusa is set to bump Fluffy, a reticulated python, off the top spot.
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, last October.

Not so scary: She may weigh 300lbs and could easily kill a human but Medusa's handler says he is not afraid of the giant snake



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