thumb|250x250px|A large python captured. Giant Pythons, with their sheer size, are likely to attack and overpower captors like these.">thumb|250x250px|A large python captured. Giant Pythons, with their sheer size, are likely to attack and overpower captors like these.
Giant Pythons are separate species of the reticulated python of East Asia, ranging from India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia and down to the Philippines. These specimens exceed the generally accepted upper length of 33 feet; in some cases they supposedly reach up to approximately 70 feet.
Because of their impressive size, some are said to feast on large prey, including humans.
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.
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.
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