A huge python found in Malaysia could break the record for the longest snake ever to be caught. The reticulated python – thought to be at least eight metres (26ft) – was discovered on a construction site on Penang island and is said to weigh around 250kg. Construction workers, who were in the process of building a flyover on the popular tourist island, called for emergency services after spotting the snake under a tree.

Malaysia’ Civil Defence Department, the team that caught the snake, said it took them 30 minutes to trap the dangerous reptile. The Guinness Book of World Records currently names the world’s longest snake to be kept in captivity as Medusa, also a reticulated python, who lives in Missouri, US. FULL REPORT