Giant Python

Individual Snake or a separate species of reticulated python of East Asia that exceeds the accepted length of 33 feet.

Physical description: Length, 33-70 feet. Distribution: India; Bangladesh; Thailand; Indonesia; the Philippines.

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Significant sightings: On May 21, 1877, the crew of the barque Georgina saw a large, gray-and-yellow snake, 40-50 feet long, swimming in the Indian Ocean west of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Third Officer S. Clayton, of the China Navigation Company's Taiyuan, observed what looked to be a 70-foot, cane-colored python swimming with horizontal undulations in the Celebes Sea in the summer of 1907.

Present status: The greatest official length for a Reticulated python (Python reticulatus) was 32 feet 9.75 inches, recorded in 1912 on the north coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is the only species that regularly exceeds 20 feet in length.

Sources: Spenser St. John, Life in the Forests ofthe Far East (London: Smith, Elder, 1862), pp. 256-261; Bernard Heuvelmans, In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents (New York: Hill and Wang, 1968), pp. 272, 382-383; Gerald L. Wood, The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats (Enfield, England: Guinness Superlatives, 1982), pp. 106-109; Bernard Heuvelmans, "Annotated Checklist of Apparently Unknown Animals with Which Cryptozoology Is Concerned," Cryptozoology 5 (1986): 1-26; John C. Murphy and Robert W. Henderson, Tales ofGiant Snakes: A Historical Natural History of Anacondas and Pythons (Malabar, Fla.: Krieger, 1997), pp. 27, 47-50.

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