October 28th, 2010
07:47 AM ET

World's longest snake dies

Fluffy, at 24 feet, was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's longest snake.

The world's longest snake - at 24 feet and 300 pounds - has died at a zoo in Ohio.

Fluffy, a reticulated python recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's longest snake, died Tuesday night. A necropsy found a tumor on her ovary, according to a press release from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

"She was greatly loved here by the staff, mainly because she was a gentle snake," zoo spokeswoman Carrie Pratt told CNN affiliate WBNS-TV.

Fluffy was 18 years old and had lived since 2007 at the Columbus Zoo, which had built a special habitat for her.

Reticulated pythons are nonvenomous constrictors found in tropical forests in Southeast Asia, according to the zoo's website. They are the world's longest snakes, averaging 10 to 20 feet in length. They live on small mammals like rodents but sometimes eat wild pigs, deer and primates.

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  1. Charley B

    Make a nice pair of boots.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Several pairs

      October 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Editor-in-Chimp

    Great way to start Whacking Day!

    October 28, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frankly Speaking..

    looks like photoshop edited..

    October 28, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Evilchicken

    Wait, I thought John Holmes died long ago??

    October 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kmoore

    Poor thing.. I wonder if a pap smear would have detected the cancer?

    October 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      How does a snake "spread her legs"?

      October 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lori

    To neonmadman: What news were you expecting to find under the headline "World's Longest Snake Dies"?

    October 28, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nate

    That's crazy I just seen Fluffy a week ago when I went with my son on a field trip. She seem to be sleeping just fine. Glad I got to take one last photo.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    Good riddance!

    October 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ricardo Gainda

    There are way bigger snakes out there. Guiness is just too lazy to go out and confirm them.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MrsCancuck

    Poor Fluffy! My little one loved going to the Zoo to see her.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    When I saw this I thought the were talking about Rush Limbaugh at first. I'm pretty disappointed now.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Longest would not be the right description. Widest perhaps?

      October 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MD

    She will make a lot of really nice belts....

    October 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jan macek

    How very sad about the python and some of the uneducated comments that humans have made in the comment section:( Pythons can live up to 30-35 years. I have bull snakes, king snakes and corn snakes that are almost 20 years of age. I am so sorry that people fear and hate snakes. Did you know snakes feel pain just like we do and get many of the same aliments and diseases that humans get? Did you know that venom from rattlesnakes is being used in medicines to help mankind?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cocoyD

    poor fluffy..wish my snake was as big as fluffy..

    October 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • trumod

      Bet your wife does, too. ; )

      October 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. trumod

    Between Paul the Octopus and Fluffy the Python, not a good week to be a famous animal. So, who's Number 3?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cocoyD

      you are next 🙂

      October 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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