Shortly after the release of the 2013 Guinness World Records book, a new record has already slithered its way into the books, with the world’s largest snake in captivity.
The new record-breaking snake is a 25 feet and two inch long Reticulated Python named Medusa, who lives at The Edge of Hell attraction in Kansas City, Missouri, reports The Examiner.
The Edge of Hell attraction is run by Full Moon Productions and uses Medusa to entertain visitors at the attraction, particularly those afraid of snakes.
She is a 350-pound reticulated python who usually sits in a small nook of the attraction coiled up, seemingly enjoying her posh lifestyle. The Daily Mail notes that Medusa’s handler and Edge of Hell general manager, Larry Edgar states that:
“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.”
Despite the fact that Reticulated Pythons are known for wrapping themselves around humans, Medusa has been known to nudge her handler, Edgar, for his assistance in shedding her skin, especially when it gets tough.
She often gets a large crowd when she makes rare visits to local parks around Kansas City as well. Amber Arnett-Bequeaith,Vice President of Full Moon Productions and Medusa’s Spokesperson, states that:
“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.”
Edgar purchased Medusa when she was just a baby. He stated that when he first got her, she was “his snake was 24 inches long, as big as my finger.” As for now? The eight-year-old snake is still growing.