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. Frrickrod

    Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect in human females–perhaps we will learn more about these lovely snake creatures.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ThisGuyy

    Great. Now what.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doc

    Sympathy for a snake! Come on, who cares.

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

      Docs are supposed to have compassion and empathy towards other life forms. What's up, Doc?

      October 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    @ Matt. Best ccomment in the post! LOL. Very funny!

    October 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    These may be the best comments of all time.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ak

    They anaconda is the world largest snake. The biggest recorded one was 34 feet

    October 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sarahg

    poor snake hopefully it didnt suffer animals should be given respect although i am not fond of snakes i am sure the people who took care of her were and are saddened by there loss

    October 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Snake Expert

    I saw a hairy one-eyed purple python once. Okay, 4 or 5 times, so what?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ds

    this was the longest snake – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3845750/

    October 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OhioBrian

    We live in the area, and we visitied Fluffy many times in the Columbus Zoo's wonderful AsiaQuest building. Fluffy shared it with flying foxes, langur monkeys, sun bears and a water monitor. Great snake, great exhibit, great zoo. Bye Fluffy; we'll miss you.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bob in calif

    Must have been a slow news day!

    October 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      It amazes me how many people make this same stupid comment.

      October 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Reynardine Greencastle

    Too bad so many of these dear readers don't have even a three-chambered heart. It's true, by the way, that larger snakes have been sighted in the wild. A forty-foot launch out of Manaus was said to have drawn parallel to an anaconda, and while the snake's head was before her bow, the snake's tail trailed the launch's stern. It can't be verified, but it figures that the largest snakes would be at least semi-aquatic. The Amazon carries fresh water some fifty nautical miles out of its mouth, and a mariner spotting a large anaconda like that could spur a lot of sea-serpent lore. Meanwhile, those of you who are lusting for snakehide should apply to the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife for a python permit. Dropped-off pets have gotten so large they are engaging in mutual assured destruction with bull gators.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marcus

    Maybe they will run a follow-on story to give equal coverage of the local mammal's reaction to the news: "Resident Rodents Relieved"

    October 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sarahg

    perhaps its the worlds longest captive snake

    October 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fluffy the snake

    who says im dead?!

    October 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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