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Check Out Kaa: The New Python at Woodland Park Zoo

Kaa was the unforgettable snake in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and now, Woodland Park Zoo's new python will be named Kaa. The 8-year-old, 100-pound male snake was introduced last week to the community and can be seen at the Day Exhibit during zoo hours.

Nearly 400 names were submitted to the zoo's Facebook page to name the reticulated python. Out of the top five suggestions picked by the zoo, Kaa drew 44 percent of the votes.

Like many reptiles, the reticulated python species is diminishing in numbers due to habitat destruction and hunting for its meat and skin to make leather products or souvenirs. The reticulated python is the longest snake in the world. The species' range extends from Myanmar and India, across Southeast Asia and on many of the islands of the Philippines and Indonesia.

To plan your visit to Woodland Park Zoo, check out www.zoo.org or call 206-548-2500.

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