World’s longest snake dies


This video from the USA is called WORLD’S LONGEST SNAKE, Guinness World Records 2011 , PYTHON, ON EXHIBIT.

From WBNS-10 TV in Ohio, USA:

Fluffy, World’s Longest Snake, Dies At Columbus Zoo

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 3:09 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 6:15 PM

POWELL, Ohio ā€” The world’s longest snake died unexpectedly on Tuesday night at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Fluffy, a gigantic reticulated python who had called the zoo home since March 2007, died of an apparent tumor, zoo officials announced on Wednesday.

Fluffy, 18, was 24 feet long and 300 pounds. The snake was named the worlds longest by the Guinness Book of World Records, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.

Fluffy was originally brought to the zoo on loan, but drew such large crowds as part of the zoo’s Asia Quest exhibit, that it became her permanent home.

“She was greatly loved here by the staff, mainly because she was a gentle snake,” said zoo spokeswoman Carrie Pratt.

Preliminary findings of a necropsy performed by The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine revealed the presence of a mass on her ovary.

Reticulated pythons are found in tropical forests in Southeast Asia, the zoo said.

They are the world’s longest snakes, averaging 10 to 20 feet in length.

The reticulated python skin has a geometric pattern that camouflages the snake protecting it from predators and allowing it to ambush prey, the zoo said. Reticulated pythons are widespread but they are killed for their skin and numbers are dwindling.

Slideshow about Fluffy: here.

2 thoughts on “World’s longest snake dies

  1. World’s rarest snake back from brink of extinction

    PA

    Tuesday, 2 November 2010

    The world’s rarest snake has slithered back from the brink of extinction, with its numbers increasing 10-fold in the past 15 years, conservationists said today.

    Researchers found there were just 50 Antiguan racers (Alsophis antiguae) in 1995, all confined to the eight-hectare Great Bird Island, off the coast of Antigua in the Caribbean.

    The snake had been wiped out on mainland Antigua by the mongoose, a species from Asia which had been introduced by humans, while the species had been attacked by black rats which had colonised Great Bird Island.

    The harmless Antiguan racers were also killed by people.

    But work by conservationists in the past 15 years, including eradication of the rats from a dozen offshore islands, an education programme and reintroduction schemes, has boosted the population to more than 500 snakes.

    The range of the snake has increased to 63 hectares and other wildlife has also benefited, the conservation groups involved in the project said.

    Caribbean brown pelicans have increased from just two breeding pairs to more than 60 pairs on the first islands to be restored, rare white-crowned pigeons have increased from five pairs to more than 450 pairs and sea turtles and lizards have also been boosted by less predation of their eggs by the rats, the wildlife experts said.

    Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and Jersey-based Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust are among the groups involved in the project to help the Antiguan racer.

    Dr Jenny Daltry, senior conservation biologist at FFI, said: “I am proud we proved the pessimists wrong and turned the fortunes of this unique and endearing animal.”

    She said the dedication of local volunteers had been key in helping the snake.

    Natalya Lawrence, programme co-ordinator with the Environmental Awareness Group, another organisation involved in the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project, said: “Although the population of the racer has grown by leaps, we cannot stop now.

    “There is still a need for public awareness, continued monitoring and stronger laws to protect the snake and other endangered species on our islands.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/worlds-rarest-snake-back-from-brink-of-extinction-2123057.html

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