Python sheds weight at annual weigh in after previously tipping scales at 140kg
A reticulated python named Atomic Betty has SHED weight – after previously tipping the SCALES at a mammoth 140KG.
During her annual weigh in Betty, who needed SIX keepers to hold her, had slimmed down to a trim 129kg.
But the python, who resides at The Australian Reptile Park in New South Wales, Australia, is still on a diet.
Keepers revealed they cut her diet of GOATS down from 12 to just six over the past year.
Head of Reptiles, Billy Collett, said: “We’re really happy with the result.
“We’ve been cutting her food back and we have managed to shift 11kg – our aim over the next year is 20.”
Betty, who is 6.5 metres long and 15-years-old, wasn’t happy about having her weight checked.
Curator Liz Vella added: “Atomic Betty is a difficult girl who doesn’t like being caught.
“But weighing her is essential each year because it’s the first indicator of her overall health.
“Reptiles are unlike mammals and show very little sign of sickness.
“Mammals become vocal or stop eating which makes illness easier to detect, but reptiles don’t show these obvious signs.”