Gator County's albino Burmese python Banana dies

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A 16-foot albino python who was something of a celebrity around the Gulf Coast city of Beaumont has died.

The Beaumont Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1l1HmSW ) reports that the Burmese Python known as Banana was found dead in her indoor enclosure in Gator County about three weeks ago.

Owner Gary Saurage said he believes she died of natural causes. He said Banana had stopped eating for about two months.

Banana made news in 2012 when we was kidnapped, and then again when she was found months later.

She was a star attraction at a Gator County reptile theme park. The snake lived there since 2007, when she was found roaming an abandoned Houston apartment complex.

Saurage estimated the park draws about 30,000 visitors annually and said Banana was "a huge hit to everyone."

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