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Teddy Roosevelt’s $50,000 Snake

Or, Why It’s So Hard to Measure a Snake.

Way back at the beginning of Twentieth Century, before there were any world wars — not even a great one — President Theodore Roosevelt wanted to buy a snake. But it couldn’t be just any snake. It had to be alive and in good health — but most importantly — it had to be 30 feet or more in length. That would make it the longest snake ever found.

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