COLUMBUS (Ohio) - AN OHIO zoo says the longest snake living in captivity has died.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says workers found the 7.3m python on Wednesday morning dead from an apparent tumour.

The snake was named Fluffy. It held the Guinness World Record as the longest snake living in captivity. It was about as long as a moving van and as thick as a telephone pole. It weighed 136kg.

The 18-year-old reticulated python had drawn large crowds since the zoo got it in 2007.

Reticulated pythons are named for the cross-hatching patterns on their skin and average 3 to 6m long. The largest recorded one was 999.5cm long when it was killed in 1912 in Indonesia.

Longest snake in captivity dies