Longest Burmese python
5.74 metre(s)
United States (Gurnee)

The longest Burmese python Python bivittatus currently on record is Baby, a female specimen that lived at Serpent Safari in Gurnee, Illinois, USA, for 27 years. Shortly after her death, she was measured, and was found to have a total length of 5.74 m (18 ft 10 in).

Although native to southern and southeastern Asia, the Burmese python – one of the five largest snake species in the world – has become a major invasive species in the Everglades of Florida, USA, after establishing itself there in considerable numbers following escapes and deliberate releases of pet specimens that have not only survived but also bred. Indeed, it now rivals the native American alligator as the top reptilian predator in this great expanse of swampland, and specimens of considerable size have been recorded there.