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49-FOOT DOG-EATING SNAKE MAY BE THE WORLD'S BIGGEST
The Houston Chronicle (Associated Press) ^ | 31 December 2003

Posted on 12/31/2003 8:37:27 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian villagers claim to have captured a python that is almost 49 feet long and weighs nearly 990 pounds, a local official said. If confirmed, it would be the largest snake ever kept in captivity. Hundreds of people have flocked to see the snake at a primitive zoo in Curugsewu village on the country's main island of Java.

Local government official Rachmat said the reticulated python measured 48 feet 8 inches and weighed in at 983 pounds. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the longest ever captured snake to be 32 feet. The heaviest -- a Burmese Python kept in Gurnee, Ill. -- weighs 402 pounds, the book said on its Web site. The Indonesian newspaper Republika said the snake, which was caught last year but only recently put on public display, eats three or four dogs a month.

Reticulated pythons are the world's longest snakes. They are capable of eating animals as large as sheep, and have been known to attack and consume humans. The species is native to the swamps and jungles of Southeast Asia.


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KEYWORDS: 49foot; indonesia; python; snake
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Interesting. I wouldn't mind watching it eat something (from a distance). While living in Asia, we were most afraid of the Banded Krait ("Two-step snake"). Extremely dangerous venom.
1 posted on 12/31/2003 8:37:28 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Boots, belts, and chili for everyone!!!
2 posted on 12/31/2003 8:38:54 AM PST by RiflemanSharpe (An American for a more socially and fiscally conservation America!)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
I read it "49 foot dog eating snake." I thought that was a big dog.
3 posted on 12/31/2003 8:38:57 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Jan 1, 2004. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Let's hope someone will be able soon to say...


"Tastes like chicken!"
4 posted on 12/31/2003 8:40:26 AM PST by djf
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
It's not bigger than this snake:


5 posted on 12/31/2003 8:43:54 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (EEE)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
The Indonesian newspaper Republika said the snake, which was caught last year but only recently put on public display, eats three or four dogs Democrats a month.

This would be newsworthy.

6 posted on 12/31/2003 8:48:29 AM PST by verity
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Japan has a "mamushi" venomous snake. Not very big, but said to be deadly.
7 posted on 12/31/2003 8:52:40 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
No, no, no. He's a twin to the snake pictured below him:

...is equal to the one below...


8 posted on 12/31/2003 8:54:23 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: RiflemanSharpe


"Dinner's ready, Bobby."

9 posted on 12/31/2003 8:55:06 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Chilling Effect-1, Global Warming-0)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
I wonder what they would charge to not feed that thing for a few weeks then lock it up in a small room with my first wife?
10 posted on 12/31/2003 8:55:12 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Guns!)
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To: verity
The Indonesian newspaper Republika said the snake, which was caught last year but only recently put on public display, eats three or four dogs Democrats a month.

ROFL!!! Bwhahahahahhaaa. Now, THAT was funny!

11 posted on 12/31/2003 8:55:25 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Here's a lucky snake.


12 posted on 12/31/2003 8:59:49 AM PST by fso301
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To: Jeff Chandler
Neat site. Thanks for the link
13 posted on 12/31/2003 9:00:17 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: fso301
LOL LOL!!!!!!
14 posted on 12/31/2003 9:00:58 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: fso301
PRICELESS !!!!
15 posted on 12/31/2003 9:01:52 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: fso301
OMG - LOL - OMG! Top 10 Classics.
16 posted on 12/31/2003 9:05:54 AM PST by muleskinner ("Oh, please")
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To: F14 Pilot; seamole; Pan_Yans Wife
Woopsie.!! Surprise !! Pong
17 posted on 12/31/2003 9:11:42 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Why dogs? Do they have a rat shortage?
18 posted on 12/31/2003 9:13:35 AM PST by Spok
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To: fso301
LOL. When did that happen? That's one sneaky snake, named Jake.
19 posted on 12/31/2003 9:14:30 AM PST by b4its2late (Pinging FReepers {except Arthur McGowan} Since May 16, 1999.)
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To: Dog
Pinging you to remind you to stay away from Indonesia....
20 posted on 12/31/2003 9:15:19 AM PST by b4its2late (Pinging FReepers {except Arthur McGowan} Since May 16, 1999.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
That giant snake excaped from its cage . . . Mighty Python and the Holy Jail
21 posted on 12/31/2003 9:16:58 AM PST by NorseWood
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
My mother woke up from a nap and sleeping next to her was such a snake. They are very dangerous, but rather timid. The one next to my mother was particularly timid after she cut it in two with a machete.

This was in Malaysia.
22 posted on 12/31/2003 9:19:52 AM PST by Andyman
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To: fso301
Thanks! Now I got coffee on my keyboard!
23 posted on 12/31/2003 9:21:29 AM PST by djf
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Bump.
24 posted on 12/31/2003 9:24:51 AM PST by EagleMamaMT
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
(((((shudder)))))....Indiana Jones and me have something in common....we both hate snakes!....
25 posted on 12/31/2003 9:31:00 AM PST by smiley
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To: Conspiracy Guy
I went through some brutal chemotherapy and for a long time after every headline was a puzzle that made no sense. By chance, are you taking any medicine.
26 posted on 12/31/2003 9:59:25 AM PST by reed_inthe_wind (That Hillary really knows how to internationalize my MOJO.)
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To: reed_inthe_wind
No I just drink too much hic.
27 posted on 12/31/2003 10:05:33 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Jan 1, 2004. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Poor perspective pic if trying to show size of "big snake".
28 posted on 12/31/2003 10:06:07 AM PST by Godfollow
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To: nuconvert; fso301
Mmmm, FuNnY PiCtUre~!
29 posted on 12/31/2003 10:10:07 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
someone posted a picture here a few years ago of a snake inside of which was the body of a young man.

/gag

30 posted on 12/31/2003 10:12:53 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: fso301
ROTFL!!!

The look on ED's face is priceless!! Best laugh I've had in days. Thanks!

I owned a Burmese Python when I was a kid. Bought it when it was just 18 inches long. Kept it for 2 years. Really cool critter. My parents made me sell it when it reached 14 feet. It was a very docile snake, not aggressive at all, except when it came to feeding time. Some of my more morbid friends would want to watch it eat. Problem was, when too many people were around the snake would get nervous and not eat.

I still miss it.
31 posted on 12/31/2003 10:16:26 AM PST by appalachian_dweller (If we accept responsibility for our own actions, we are indeed worthy of our freedom. Bill Whittle)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Here's another article and pic...

The longest snake in the world
by RICHARD SHEARS, Daily Mail
30th December 2003

t almost twice the length of a London bus, this python can justly lay claim to being the world's longest snake.

It measures just short of 50ft and weighs an astonishing 70 stone - also a record.

The previous longest specimen recorded by Guinness World Records - which was also a reticulated python - came in at 32ft when it was captured in 1912.


Record: the world's longest
snake found in south east Asia.

Both snakes were found in Indonesia and are native to the swamps and jungles of South-East Asia.

They are capable of eating animals as large as sheep and have been known to attack and eat people-

The 50ft monster was captured by a team of villagers, terrified about the threat it posed to their community, who jumped on it, tied it up and put it in a makeshift cage.

The creature, which has been named Fragrant Flower, is now drawing big crowds to a primitive zoo at Curugsewu, on the main Indonesian island of Java.

Although it is rare for humans to be eaten by pythons, two Indonesian children have been swallowed in recent times. And last week a Thai man almost died when a python wrapped itself around him and started eating him, arm first.

Armed with 100 teeth, the python grabs victims in its mouth then uses its massive body to squeeze them to death. It swallows its prey whole, digesting an entire animal such as a dog or a sheep in one piece.

Pythons more than 25ft long can open their jaws wider than a human's shoulders and therefore are able to eat a man whole.

A local government official in Curugsewu said of the village's prize attraction: "It's a beautiful creature but very frightening.

"You would not want to be caught up in a fight to the death with this one because the snake would definitely win."

Reticulated pythons can make their homes in holes, caves or trees, usually in rainforests or bushland near streams and lakes.

But they also lurk on the outskirts of villages where they have been known to hunt chickens, cats, pigs and dogs and even bigger prey such as monkeys and deer.

Fragrant Flower is being fed on stray dogs which are killed before they are put in its cage. It gets through three or four a month.

The reticulated python gets its name from the criss-cross pattern of its scales, the word reticulate meaning a network of lines. Zoologists say they are intelligent but unpredictable creatures.

They can be very placid and then suddenly strike with a devastating bite that can sever arteries and tendons.

Its only rival in size is the South American anaconda, which is sometimes heavier but not longer.

The previous heaviest snake recorded was a female anaconda, which was shot in Brazil in 1960 and weighed more than 35st.


link


32 posted on 12/31/2003 10:16:43 AM PST by Sabertooth (Have a Happy New Year, Freepers)
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Thanks for the post. Nice angle on photograph. It would be nice to have a photograph showing a person or something for reference next to it. However, probably hard to find a volunteer. LOL.
33 posted on 12/31/2003 10:21:41 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
No, per grammar rules, the fact that it is correctly written "dog-eating snake" instead of "dog eating snake" draws the distinction between the two meanings. If the hyphen were left out, it would indeed have been a large dog...a VERY large dog. Now, I would also like to watch a 49-foot dog eating a snake. That would be worth the ticket price.
34 posted on 12/31/2003 10:23:49 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Yes it is written correctly. But if I pay attention to that I can't make stupid remarks : )
35 posted on 12/31/2003 10:26:51 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Jan 1, 2004. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
It's not bigger than this snake:

TRUE, but probably a whole lot better looking.

36 posted on 12/31/2003 10:27:01 AM PST by biffalobull
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

37 posted on 12/31/2003 10:27:17 AM PST by OESY
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
The Banded Krait, a cousin of our coral snake, isn't all that big.
It is capable of injecting venom only in very thin parts
of the body, ie: the area (webbing) between fingers.
It's extremely toxic venom, but very few people have very been biten by one.
I have played with them. The cool thing about a Krait is that
it will flaten it's tail and raise it, (like a cobra head.)

Russells Viper is the snake known by Viet Vets as the "2 step" or "3 step." It's a much larger snake.

38 posted on 12/31/2003 10:28:11 AM PST by ASA Vet (Having achieved Nibbana, what can I do next?)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
So do I - but I liked blaming it on the chemo.
39 posted on 12/31/2003 11:13:27 AM PST by reed_inthe_wind (That Hillary really knows how to internationalize my MOJO.)
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To: reed_inthe_wind
State budgets gain wiggle room.
40 posted on 12/31/2003 11:13:51 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You know how those liberals are. Two's Company but three is a fundraiser.)
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To: reed_inthe_wind
I pray I never know what chemo is like. Glad you made it.

CG
41 posted on 12/31/2003 11:22:00 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Jan 1, 2004. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
I had lots of help.
42 posted on 12/31/2003 11:28:18 AM PST by reed_inthe_wind (That Hillary really knows how to internationalize my MOJO.)
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To: reed_inthe_wind
Help is always good to have.

CG
43 posted on 12/31/2003 11:32:32 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Jan 1, 2004. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: ASA Vet
Russells Viper is the snake known by Viet Vets as the "2 step" or "3 step." It's a much larger snake.

The Thais call the banded Krait the "two-step snake" and rightly so. If you take two steps after being bitten, quite often by then you were dead. My father killed one in the front yard after a monsoon rain saw it swimming by. Very scary incident. Deadly snake, no ifs, ands or buts.

44 posted on 12/31/2003 11:36:26 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: OESY
LOL. DemoRats looking for a way out after falling down the long, slippery slope of liberalism.
45 posted on 12/31/2003 11:37:37 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Is that a California King Snake or a banded Krait? King snakes are very beneficial, eating numerous rodents and some poisonous snakes.
46 posted on 12/31/2003 12:14:38 PM PST by libstripper
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Banded Krait, Bungarius Fasciatus
Thai: ngoo sam liam

translates to: snake three sided or edged, like in a triangle.

Size: 150 upto 200 cm

Biotope:
In all of Thailand, loves humid environment, often near villages, and in termite mounts

Behaviour:
Nightactive not aggressive. During daytime she curls up and hides her head under her body. Moves slowly and is not eager to bite.

Here's a web site which I think you've find interesting.click here

47 posted on 12/31/2003 1:06:09 PM PST by ASA Vet (Having achieved Nibbana, what can I do next?)
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To: b4its2late

LOL. When did that happen?

Don't know, someone else on FR posted it a while back and I bookmarked it.

48 posted on 12/31/2003 3:54:58 PM PST by fso301
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To: verity
"49 foot Democrat eating snake"
Sounds good to me! HA HA!
49 posted on 12/31/2003 3:58:56 PM PST by Ditter
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To: ASA Vet
Thanks for the post and the link. It was very informative. The Thais are terrified of that snake. I guess over time the myth behind the toxicity of the venom grows.
50 posted on 12/31/2003 9:40:32 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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