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Cleo was dead. The Burmese python was coiled against the plexiglass in her small tank. Her nearly 9 feet of grey, speckled skin — which had been petted by thousands of New Jersey school children over the years — was lifeless. A partially digested rat, her final meal, lay nearby. A respiratory infection that had plagued Cleo for years probably killed her, according to former workers at Rizzo’s Wildlife World, an indoor animal exhibit center and traveling reptile show in Morris County. Staff members said they repeatedly asked their boss, Dominic J. Rizzo, to take the python to a vet. But, as far…

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