SOMERSBY, Australia, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Australian Reptile Park said a 6 1/2-foot-long eastern brown snake found in a residential garden is believed to be the largest in the world.
Keepers at the reptile park said the massive snake, dubbed Gigantor, is about 20 inches longer than an average eastern brown snake and weighs three times more than its average-sized cohorts, tipping the scales at 4 pounds, 4 ounces.
Liz Gabriel, a curator at the park, said Gigantor is being milked for his venom to help create life-saving anti-venom. She said milking has produced nearly three times as much venom as curators would expect from an average snake of his type.
"He's just huge to tell you the truth. We measured him and milked him to see what the venom output yield was from him and it was astounding," Gabriel said. "Even though he's a big snake and representative of the dangerous snakes that people see out and about, he's also a snake that will save lives in the coming years. The anti-venom here saves about 300 lives a year."