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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on July 19, 2002 at 09:06:59:
PRESS ASSOCIATION (London, UK) 18 July 02 'Fat' snake put on a diet
A obese snake has been put on a strict diet to help it shed weight after bout of over eating.
Ellie the Burmese Python needs to lose around a stone to get back in shape, her new owner says.
Mark Wiles, wildlife presenter at the Flambards Theme Park at Helston, Cornwall, was given the python by her previous owners.
He said Ellie had been fed four to five piglets each month - around four times more than she needed.
"As you find with many pet keeping people they overfed their animal out of love," he said.
Ellie is now on a strict died of just one piglet or rabbit per month to keep her weight down.
Mr Wiles said: "For any life form being obese isn't a good idea. Certainly reptiles can get fatty liver and unnecessary body fat." Ellie, who is 10ft long, now joins reptiles, spiders and birds in the Creepy Crawly Show at Flambards.