At 7.67 meters (25 feet 2 inches) long, Medusa, a Reticulated Python owned by Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, Missouri, USA is the longest snake ever in captivity.
The 8-year-old, 158.8 kilogram (350-pound) reptile is primarily kept coiled up in a nook in a haunted house attraction (The Edge of Hell) with its cavernous turn-of-the-century brick warehouse. Medusa's primary diet consists of a combination of rabbits, hogs and deer, served to her every two weeks. Watch the video.
The haunted house staff knows her as the sloppiest eater within The Edge of Hell attraction, as she's been known to accidentally bite into herself instead of her dinner. While a python's behavior could be wild and unpredictable, Medusa is typically tolerable and respectable of others unless agitated, hungry or provoked.
According to Medusa's handler and Edge of Hell's general manager, Larry Edgar, "We try to keep Medusa well-fed and slightly out of reach as there have been instances with Reticulated Pythons where they've had to cut people out of them! We never underestimate that she does always have the upper-hand."
During the Haunted House season, Medusa enters into a performance mentality; a state the owners call her "stealth mode," in which the snake remains extremely still as patrons pass by.
She has also been known to "purr" like a cat when content and "huff" or "hiss" if she's distressed or annoyed.
Medusa prefers that Larry assists with her shedding and if the python has any spots that prove tough to shed, she will nudge him for assistance.
Founded in 1975, The Edge of Hell began as KC's oldest and best haunted house--and has evolved into the national model for celebrating the entertainment value of confronting fear.
A converted five story warehouse, it offers a quarter-mile walk through sensory stimulation--that ends abruptly 30 minutes later, as you slide from heaven down the five-story spiral slide into the arms of the Devil himself. This is the granddaddy of 'em all--and with good reason.
The Edge of Hell is constantly re-inventing it's five floors. New scenes are always added to the cast of 45 live performers with the newest state-of-the-art technology. The air crackles, your fingertips sizzle. One million volts surge to grab you. A Vampire lunges, his hot breath violates your lungs. A 20 foot live Anaconda's eyes dart left then right, poised to crush his live prey.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. It's generally way too scary for kids under 10 who have nightmares. Then again, it's also too scary for claustrophobic aunts, big crybabies or people afraid of snakes. (And that's just the beginning)
Important!! Entrance implies you've read and accepted the terms on the WARNING posted at the front doors, the back of our tickets, and published on the terms page in this web site as well.
The Edge of Hell proudly supports the Don't Be A Monster anti-bullying program. Don't Be A Monster is a national nonprofit that works with haunted houses throughout the United States to offer anti-bullying assemblies to students. They are the largest nonprofit that works with haunted houses in the U.S, and we are proud to stand alongside them. For more information, visit www.DontBeAMonster.org.