World's largest captive python

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has purchased what is reportedly the largest snake in captivity. Fluffy, a 24-foot-long python, cost the zoo $35,000. Fluffy's previous owner, an Oklahoma City python breeder named Bob Clark, drove a hard bargain. The snake, as thick as a telephone pole, was on loan to the zoo for several months but proved to be a huge attraction. From the Columbus Dispatch:
The zoo's animals generally come as exchanges from other zoos or through breeding loans or donations, so money doesn't often change hands, (zoo executive director Jerry) Borin said. But the zoo sometimes purchases animals, such as three kangaroos recently bought for a total of $15,000.

Clark is happy with Fluffy's outcome.

"I really love that snake; I think it's a special animal," he said. "It's so big and tame and wonderful. But I have to deal with the realities of life like everyone else. I like to have the money, and I know she's got a great place to live there."


  1. Wait a minute… I think the real story is how the movie Snakes on a Plane has negatively affected the ability to transport snakes on planes. According to Pete Fingerhut, at least.

  2. Miss Dreadful:

    When I was a kid (in the early 80s), I carried a garter snake across the Atlantic in my hand luggage. At the time, the flight attendant just told me not to let it out on the plane. I guess if a 10-year-old kid tried that now, they’d probably tase him and add him to the no fly list..

  3. You mean to tell me that the largest python in captivity is equivalent in value to seven lousy kangaroos? I like kangaroos but I think a cost/benefit analysis is in order here. On second thought those roos can produce a lot of joeys which could then be, you know…

  4. It’s not necessarily the ‘largest’ snake in captivity, as the summary states- the article itself describes it as the ‘longest’.

    Reticulated pythons are relatively slender, so it’s possible that there’s a captive anaconda somewhere that’s ‘larger’ if not longer- anacondas are much bulkier snakes.

  5. Terry, I’ve seen her too. She’s beautiful. It’s interesting that the plaque in her enclosure identifies her diet as pigs when, in fact, she eats rabbits. I thought this was quite unusual (I’d think the hooves would be harder to digest), and my only thought is that the diet was misidentified to avoid upsetting younger visitors.

  6. holy smokes; why havent i seen this snake yet?
    i’ve already decided that i am going to take a road trip to ohio to see her!


    ooh and to add to the kangaroo comments… i will take one if you give me one (: okay thanks

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