PENANG , Malaysia, April 12 (UPI) -- A python found in Malaysia, thought to be the longest ever captured, died after laying an egg, according to officials.
The snake, thought to be a reticulated python, was estimated to be about 26 feet long and weighed more than 550 pounds.
Herme Herisyam, an official for the department that caught the snake, told the Guardian that it was found under a tree near a construction site and that it took about 30 minutes for men to capture it.
The python was found on Thursday and reportedly died on Sunday after laying an egg. A Malaysian civil defense official told the BBC that the attention given to the python as well as the conditions of its capture may have intensified the stress of birth.
The present Guinness World Record for the longest snake ever caught was a 25-foot reticulated python named Medusa that serves as an attraction at "The Edge of Hell Haunted House" in Kansas City.