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22-Foot Python In Fla. Is World's Largest

At Least 7 Men Needed To Handle Giant Snake

POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2008
UPDATED: 4:57 pm EST January 24, 2008

A 22-foot python in Florida that requires at least seven men to handle is considered to be the largest snake in captivity.
VIDEO: 22-Foot Python
The giant reticulated python was recently acquired by The Alligator Farm Zoological Park in St. Augustine and has already prompted crowds to gather at the facility.

"(The snake) is so strong, you can't believe," Grady Barr of National Geographic said. "(And) 10,000 muscles these guys have. They exert tremendous force."

The group of men put the snake in a giant tube to measure it, but the snake coiled and refused to slither to the other end.

"It is difficult to measure for obvious reasons," Barr said while trying to control the snake.

Barr then ran a string down the snake's back to determine it was 21 feet 9 inches.

"There are a lot of places that claim to have a 20-foot snake, but they'll never measure them with cameras rolling," Barr said.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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