Nashville Zoo mourns loss of anaconda

Nashville Zoo mourns loss of anaconda (Image 1)

The Nashville Zoo is mourning the loss of their more than 20-year-old anaconda that died due to age-related complications on Sunday.

At just over 16 feet long, she was one of the largest anacondas on exhibit. The zoo received the snake in 1999 as a 13-foot long adult.

“Anacondas are notorious for having bad dispositions and for being dangerous captives,” said Dale McGinnity, ectotherm curator at Nashville Zoo. “This female, that had been on exhibit for the last 13 years, had a wonderful disposition and will be missed by all the staff who had the good fortune to be able to work with her.”

Since the green anaconda's death earlier this week, the zoo has moved a nine-foot male that had been off exhibit into the anaconda habitat until a female replacement is found.

The Nashville Zoo attracts more than 640,000 visitors each year.

The zoo is open each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and $10 for children ages two to 12.

Children two and under are admitted free.

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