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Samantha, Bronx Zoo's 26-Foot Python, Dies

Reptiles

November 23, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Samantha, a 26-foot python believed by her keepers to be the largest snake in captivity, has died at the Bronx Zoo. Her estimated age was 29.

The zoo planned to send Samantha, who died Wednesday, to the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan for preservation. A cause of death has not been determined.

"Samantha was a rather mellow and easygoing creature as giant snakes go," said Bill Holmstrom, supervisor of the Bronx Zoo's World of Reptiles.

The zoo acquired the 275-pound Samantha in 1993 after hunters caught her on Borneo, Indonesia.

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