A huge python was captured by the Civil Defence Force in Malaysia. Photo: Civil Defence Force

A 6.1-meter python was caught by a dozen members in the Civil Defense Force (APM) in Kampung Kaki Bukit, Baling, Malaysia on August 17. At about 3am, the large reptile was spotted by Fikri Zulkifli, a 27-year-old villager, on his way home, The Star reported.

He called the APM, which sent a team to catch the snake.

A dozen members of the Civil Defense Force and villagers spent half an hour catching the snake, which was estimated to weigh more than 100 kilograms. The snake’s girth was almost the same as a man’s thigh, said APM officer Lt Mohd Faizol Ab Aziz.

The python was to be handed to the Wildlife Department. However, Datuk Mohammed Shuhaime Abdul Rahman, the district officer of Baling, was quoted by The News Straits Times as saying he hoped the APM could temporarily keep the snake.

He suggested building a zoo near the Ulu Legong Hot Springs region for captured animals. In April 2016, a python measuring 7.5 meters and weighing about 250 kilograms was caught by APM officials in Paya Terubong, Penang.