Florida man hopes his 20-foot long python will be the next record-breaking snake

We're gonna need a bigger ruler.

click to enlarge Florida man hopes his 20-foot long python will be the next record-breaking snake
Screen grab via Rick the Reptile Guy/Facebook

A 200-pound, 20-foot long reticulated python named “Ginormica,” will likely be the longest captive snake ever recorded.

That is, if everything goes to plan for Emerald Coast Zoo co-owner Rick de Ridder, a.k.a. "The Reptile Guy,” who says he feeds his 6-year-old female monster a healthy diet of frozen goats and pigs, reports nwfdailynews.com

Riddler told the paper Ginormica is likely already the largest snake in Florida, and could easily live up to 75-years-old, which gives her a solid chance of hitting the current world record.  According to Guinness World Records, the ever longest snake in captivity right now is “Medusa,” a Kansas City-based reticulated python, who is just slightly over 25-feet long. Reticulated pythons are not native to Florida and primarily populate southeast Asia and Indonesia. 


In related giant snake news, last April Florida researchers captured the largest ever female Burmese python in the Everglades, a 17-foot beast that was also carrying 50 eggs

Let’s just hope Ginormica doesn’t get out.

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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