Snake sloughs off mortal coil

The longest snake in captivity has died in Ohio.

Keepers found the 24ft, 18-year-old reticulated python, Fluffy, dead from an apparent tumour at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Fluffy held the Guinness World Record. She was as long as a removals van, as thick as a telegraph pole and weighed 300lb. She had been at the zoo since 2007.