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Florida man says his python could grow to world’s largest
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Florida man says his python could grow to world’s largest

Florida man says his python could grow to world’s largest
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Pythons, similar to the one pictured here, were some of the snakes rescued from a burning home in suburban Houston last weekend.

Florida man says his python could grow to world’s largest

A Florida man known as “the Reptile Guy” says he has a Burmese python that could one day be a world record holder.  

Rick de Ridder co-owns the Emerald Coast Zoo in Crestview.  He tells Northwest Florida Daily News he expects his python named Ginormica should eventually become the world’s largest python.


This is how you measure your snake. Meet Ginormica, my 20’ 200lb reticulated python

Posted by Rick the Reptile Guy on Friday, July 12, 2019

The current world record holder Medusa measures 25 feet in length.  Ginormica, the Emerald Coast Zoo’s biggest snake, is 20 feet long and weighs 200 lbs.

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