R.I.P. Fluffy: Guinness record-holding reticulated python, 24 feet long, dies at Columbus Zoo
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio zoo said the longest snake living in captivity has died. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said workers found the 24-foot python Wednesday morning dead from an apparent tumor. The snake, named Fluffy, held the Guinness World Record as the longest snake living in captivity. It was about as long as a moving van and as thick as a telephone pole. It weighed 300 pounds.
The 18-year-old reticulated python had drawn large crowds since the zoo got it in 2007.
Reticulated pythons are named for the cross-hatching patterns on their skin and average 10 to 20 feet long. The largest recorded one was 32 feet, 9 1/2 inches long when it was killed in 1912 in Indonesia.
-- Associated Press
Photo: Fluffy poses with 10 members of the Columbus Zoo's staff to show her size in a 2010 photo. Credit: Columbus Zoo / Associated Press