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  Snake told to stop pigging out or else
Updated 06 August 2002, 11.50
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A python has been put on a diet after pigging out a bit too often.

When Ellie slid onto the scales vets found she was a stone overweight.

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The greedy reptile had been tucking into five piglets a month, which could have given her heart problems or diabetes, just like a human.

In desperation Ellie's owners handed the python over to Flambards Theme Park in Cornwall to sort out.

No crash diets for snakes

Flambards told The Sun newspaper that Ellie had been snacking on four times as much food as she needed.

Her new handler Mark Wiles has warned it could be a while before Ellie is back to her slinky self and it could take months before anyone notices a difference.

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