SOURCE: Full Moon Productions
KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2012) - Handlers at Kansas City's Edge of Hell brought out Medusa last Friday, the haunted attractions' resident snake, to receive her Guinness World Records® certificate for being the longest snake EVER in captivity. The eight-year-old reticulated python stretches out to 25 feet, two-inches in length and weighs in at 350 lbs. -- and she's still growing! Medusa spends her evenings freaking out ophidiophobics at the venerable haunted house operated by Full Moon Productions in Kansas City's historic West Bottoms.
More About Medusa...
The 350-pound reptile generally prefers to be coiled up in a nook within the haunted attraction's cavernous turn-of-the-century brick warehouse. Medusa's primary diet consists of rabbits, hogs and deer, served to her every two weeks (though the enormous serpent could go months without food in the winter season). Staff knows her as the sloppiest eater within The Edge of Hell attraction, as she's been known to accidentally bite into herself instead of her dinner.
Her handler and the Edge of Hell's general manager, Larry Edgar, states: "We try to keep Medusa well-fed and slightly out of reach as there have been instances with Reticulated Pythons where they've had to cut people out of them! We never underestimate that she does always have the upper-hand."
While a python's behavior could be wild and unpredictable, Medusa is typically tolerable and respectable of others unless agitated, hungry or provoked. During the Haunted House season, Medusa enters into a performance mentality; a state the owners call her "stealth mode," in which the snake remains extremely still as patrons pass by. She will also "purr" like a cat when content, and "huff" or "hiss" if she's distressed or annoyed.
Medusa prefers that her trainer, Larry Edgar, assist with her shedding and if the python has any spots that prove tough to shed, she will nudge him for assistance. The serpent also enjoys swimming and rare outings to local parks in Kansas City with her trainer where she draws massive crowds.
Medusa inherits the title from the previous record holder, Fluffy, another Reticulated Python from Ohio's Columbus Zoo who measured in at 24 ft long. The Reticulated Python species dates back to the prehistoric era and is one of the largest snakes on the globe.
More About Full Moon Productions & The Edge of Hell Haunted House:
Full Moon Productions operates four nationally-acclaimed haunted attractions in Kansas City's historic West Bottoms warehouse district. The Edge of Hell Haunted House is recognized as the granddaddy of terror since it was established in 1975. The Edge of Hell features phobias, the world's largest snake in captivity and a five-story fright from heaven to hell. Full Moon Production also operates the Ghost and Gangsters Tour and Ghost Hunt Expedition. More information at www.EdgeofHell.com.
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Inside The Edge of Hell with Medusa the world's longest snake in captivity receiving the Guinness World Record certificate
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