Python Used in Dallas-area Schools Dies

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PLANO, Texas (AP) - A python used for decades to help Plano students learn about science and reptile life -- has died.

Eighteen-foot-long Katy the Burmese python was believed to be in
her early 30s. She died over the weekend.

The 200-pound creature had been a teaching tool of Jim Dunlap's since 1975, when he first took Katy to classes.

Dunlap says his grandfather always told him -- you can't teach anybody anything if you don't have their attention.

Dunlap says Katy was the best attention getter he ever had in class.

He believes, over the years, more than 100,000 students had a chance to interact with Katy.