Shed a tear for Bubba, Oregon Zoo euthanizes python

Bubba was 25 years old

Bubba the python was euthanized after fighting a battle with cancer, the Oregon Zoo said. November 2, 2016, (Oregon Zoo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Bubba, the Oregon Zoo’s Burmese python who was among the biggest and best-known snakes in the Pacific Northwest, was humanely euthanized Thursday after a battle with cancer.

Bubba was 25 years old, near the end of life-expectancy for Burmese pythons. He was about 15 feet long and weighed nearly 110 pounds.

“Burmese pythons generally reach their adult size by the time they’re 5 years old, but they keep slowly growing for their entire lives,” said Oregon Zoo Deputy Director Sheri Horiszny. “They can grow to be more than 20 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds — that’s a lot of snake. Bubba wasn’t quite that big, but he was still quite impressive.”

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Bubba was an exotic pet whose owner could no longer handle him, so he turned him over to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in 1997 to be part of OMSI’s Life Science Lab.

He eventually outgrew his OMSI enclosure, and was sent to the zoo in 2006.

Burmese pythons are among the largest snakes in the world. They are often hunted for leather and captured for sale as pets.