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Proud Mom? Russell's Viper Delivers Litter of 35 Snake Babies in Tamil Nadu Village

Rusell's viper snakelets | Image for representation | Credit: YouTube

Rusell's viper snakelets | Image for representation | Credit: YouTube

The snake, which was caught by a snake-catcher in a village near Coimbatore, will be released it the Sathyamangalam forest in Tamil Nadu's Erode district.

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  • Last Updated: June 26, 2020, 6:36 PM IST
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A Russell's viper, one of the most venomous snakes, gave birth to 35 snakelets in a village near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Friday.

A resident of Kovimedu, Manoharan noticed the snake in his bathroom and sought the help of snake-catcher Murali.

Murali caught the snake and identified it as a Russell's viper. He put it in a gunny bag to release it into the forest. In a few minutes, he realised the snake was giving birth snakelets and kept the bag under a tree. After two hours, he found 35 snakelets. The snake and its young ones would be released in the forest of Sathyamangalam in Erode district, Murali said.

While other snakes lay eggs and hatch them, Russell's viper is an ovoviviparous species giving birth to young ones by hatching the eggs internally.

The baby snakes moult as soon as they are born and are highly venomous immediately after birth.

This is not the first time that a Russell's Viper has been known to give birth to a litter of 35. A similar incident occurred in 2014 when a snake that was in captivity and under observation for two days at a District Livestock Farm delivered 35 snakelets at one go in Hosur, Tamil Nadu.

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