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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- You could make a lot of snakeskin jackets out of this guy.
Indonesian villagers say they have captured a python that is almost 49 feet long and weighs nearly 990 pounds. If confirmed, it would be the largest snake ever kept in captivity.
Hundreds of people have flocked to see the reticulated python at a primitive zoo on the country's main island of Java.
The Guinness Book of World Records Web site lists the longest ever captured snake to be 32 feet. The heaviest -- a Burmese Python kept in Gurnee, Ill., near Chicago -- weighs 402 pounds.
An Indonesian newspaper says the snake, which was caught last year but only recently put on public display, eats three or four dogs a month.
The species is native to the swamps and jungles of Southeast Asia.