Tags: burmese | python | fantasia | dies

Burmese Python Fantasia, NYC's Favorite 23-Foot Albino, Dies at 20

Image: Burmese Python Fantasia, NYC's Favorite 23-Foot Albino, Dies at 20 The Albino Burmese python at the Staten Island Zoo Reptile Wing.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 12:06 PM

By Clyde Hughes

Fantasia, the 23-foot albino Burmese python that was a longtime fixture at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, has died at the Staten Island Zoo where the reptile was moved earlier in the year.

Fantasia, which weighed more than 300 pounds, was moved from the children's museum to the zoo in February, according to Staten Island Live. The museum said the python, touted as the largest snake in New York City, had been part of the museum for 15 years before it was moved.

The snake was moved to the zoo in order to give it regular veterinary care because of its advanced age of 20 years. Burmese pythons typically live for 15 to 20 years in the wild and can survive up to 25 years in captivity.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"Fantasia had become a very popular attraction here at the Zoo from her first day," said Brian Morris, Staten Island Zoo spokesman. "We were happy to have her in her final years, and it was an important opportunity to collaborate with the Brooklyn Children's Museum."

Fantasia came to the museum in 1998 and had become the most popular part of the institute's herpetology collection. The New York Times reported that the Burmese python was just six feet long at the time of its arrival before growing in size and popularity at the museum.

"We're heartbroken, because we all hoped that she'd have several more years," Mindy Duitz, Brooklyn Children's museum president, told The Times. Caretakers told the newspaper that Fantasia was "curious and calm" and not inclined to be aggressive after the move.

Dr. Marc Valitutto, who had been treating Fantasia for some time, told The Times that the snake, which had come to snapping up her prey whole in later years, was probably fed too well.

"She was very well overfed, had a lot of fat," Valitutto told the Times. "Her size is incredibly intimidating, but her personality just offset the intimidation factor."

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Kentucky Senator Brandon Smith Wants Out of DUI With Immunity Law

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 19:20 PM

Kentucky state Senator Brandon Smith, arrested earlier this month on a DUI charge, is making an effort to get the charge . . .

School Bus Pentagram? Woman Outraged Over Satanic Brake Light Symbol

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:53 PM

A Tennessee woman is outraged after spotting what she says is a satanic pentagram formed by the brake lights on a school . . .

Rapper Tiny Doo May Face Long Jail Sentence Over Lyrics

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:10 PM

San Diego rapper Tiny Doo is facing a possible 25-year prison sentence for his violent song lyrics under a little-known  . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved