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All in the family: Columbus Zoo's new Burmese python is daughter of late Guinness record-holder Fluffy

November 18, 2010 | 10:39 am


COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio zoo says a new resident has big snakeskin shoes to fill.

Weeks after announcing the death of the longest snake in captivity, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Wednesday it had acquired the python's smaller daughter.

Fluffy, 24 feet and 18 years old, died Oct. 27 of an apparent tumor. The zoo's new snake is 12 years old and 6 feet shorter than her mother.

The zoo said in a statement that the daughter arrived Tuesday from the same private breeder who sold Fluffy to the zoo in 2007.

Fluffy was about the length of a moving van and had held the Guinness World Record as the longest snake living in captivity. She drew large crowds.

The zoo says it plans to ask the public to help name the new snake.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: The Columbus Zoo's new, as-yet-unnamed python. Credit: Associated Press

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