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Python billed as NYC's biggest snake dies at zoo

By: The Associated Press
May 24, 2014 Updated: May 24, 2014 at 11:00 am
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NEW YORK (AP) — A 23-foot-long, 300-pound python that zoo officials call the biggest snake in New York City has died.

The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1gZyEWC ) reported Friday evening that Fantasia the snake died at the Staten Island Zoo on May 13.

The 20-year-old albino Burmese python had been moved in February from the Brooklyn Children's Museum to the zoo because of her size and age. The breed has a life expectancy of about 25.

The zoo says the snake showed no sign of distress or disease before her death.

Zoo spokesman Brian Morris says Fantasia became popular with visitors as soon as she arrived. Morris says the zoo was happy to make a home for her in her final months.

The snake had been at the Brooklyn Children Museum since 1998.

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