Prony is a self-developed and trained Python found in the Philippines. This biggest and longest Phyton in captivity is in the Island of Bohol. Other Pythons which are close to size but not as big as this one are found in Crocolandia, Cebu and some can be found in the forests of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.
It is owned by Sofronio (“Fronio”), where the name “Prony” came from. Its other owners are Eugenio (“Egin”) and Georgia (“Jing-jing”). Prony was captured last October 21, 1996 which only weighs 5 kilos and is 5 feet long during that time. In 2005 she was measured at 200 kilograms in weight, 23 feet in length and 30 inches in girth.
Animal and snake experts says that the growth of Prony is abnormal as Pythons who live in the wild with the same sizes are already 50 years old comparing to Prony who is only 9 years old.
Prony is caged in Upper Sta. Felomina in the town of Albur. It is about 15 minutes away from Tagbilaran City. The owner says that Prony’s growth abnormality is due to the fact that they treated the Python with utmost care. They fed Prony live chickens before but due to her large consumption and the cost of chickens, they now fed her with pig or goat every month. This Python has an amazing ability to sense unsuitable food such as sick pigs and goats. Prony doesn’t like dark, spotted and dirty pigs. She chooses clean white pigs that weigh over 40 kilos. The Python is given a bath 4 times a day and celebrates her own birthday annually.
Because of the curious locals and foreigners who wants to see the largest Python in captivity, the owners decided to open their gates to the public at a very affordable rate of P10.00 per person. A souvenir shop that sells bags, wallets, miniature snakes, etc is now owned by the Family. They are now raising additional animals such as turtles, owls, king –fishers, herons and a wild cat to keep up their growing collection and their dream to build a zoo.