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Columbus Zoo's new python is named for celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna

December 21, 2010 |  4:14 pm

Hanna the Python Jack Hanna

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio zoo has settled on a familiar name for the new snake that has replaced her record-breaking mother.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says its new reticulated python will be called Hanna -- which happens to be the last name of the zoo's celebrity zookeeper, Jack Hanna.

Hanna the snake was acquired last month from the same private breeder who had sold the zoo her mother, Fluffy. At 24 feet, Fluffy was the longest snake in captivity when she died in October of an apparent tumor.

At 18 feet, Hanna is a little shaver compared to her mom.

The zoo says a name-the-snake contest on Facebook awarded Hanna the most votes -- slightly more than the second-place name, Fuzzy.

Jack Hanna says having a namesake chokes him up.


-- Associated Press

Photos: (left) Hanna the python in an undated photo. Credit: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. (Right) Jack Hanna in 2009. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

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