Construction workers on a building site in Malaysia have captured what is believed to be the world’s longest snake.
The workers reportedly spotted the snake while conducting a flyover of the site and the 26-foot-long reticulated python was recovered later in a tourist area on Penang Island.
The Guardian reported that the snake, which was hiding under a tree laying eggs when it was caught, lay one egg then fell “quiet” and died – likely due to the stress of the capture.
Herme Herisyam, an official with Malaysian department that caught the snake, told the Guardian it took 30 minutes to catch the serpent.
“It is eight metres in length and weighs about 250kg,” Mr Herisyam said.
If the length of the wild snake is confirmed it will be the longest snake ever recorded.
The current record is held by Medusa, a python of the same breed living in captivity at The Edge of Hell Haunted House in Kansas City, Missouri.
According to The Guinness Book of Records Medusa "clocked in" at 25 feet, 2 inches long when it was measured on Oct. 12, 2011. She lives on a diet of boar and deer.