October 4, 2012 1:22 PM | By MSN Tech & Gadgets, Nature Desk
Record-breaking animals

Is that the world's longest snake, or just the grossest?



Animals so exceptional, even normally sedate biologists are forced to use exclamation points. (© REUTERS/Kristen Grace/Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida/Handout)
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Animal researchers may overstate things from time to time, pimping their latest discoveries as the greatest, most important contributions to the study of nature. But when a biologist speaks in exclamation points, perhaps it's best to listen.

At least, that was the case late this summer, when an American ecologist was forced to yelp "She was a beast!" after discovering one long, slithering nightmare in the Florida Everglades. In August, researchers found a massive 17 foot, seven inch Burmese python, a record size for the state. Certainly, the snake, which weighed more than 160 pounds, was a scary find, but it's not the only record-breaking animal to have popped up recent years. Click through to read more exclamation-worthy stories, from the world's tallest dog to an insect so loud it sounds like a power tool.

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