Python staying put at zoo

January 14, 2008 4:59:16 AM PST
A 24-foot python, billed as the largest snake in captivity, is staying put at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The reticulated python, named Fluffy, is about as long as a moving van and thick as a telephone pole, and eats two 10-pound rabbits a week. The zoo in Ohio has paid 35-thousand-dollars to the snake's breeder in Oklahoma to keep the reptile on permanent display. While on loan last year, the python helped the zoo draw 1-point-5-3 million visitors. A zoo official says that's just under the zoo's attendance record of 1-point-5-6 million set in 2006. The snakes breeder, who raised the python from a hatchling, initially resisted the zoo's offer but says he's happy with the outcome.