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Green anaconda hatchling born in Mysore Zoo

Times of India, Delhi, 27th July 2014


A green anaconda housed at the Mysore Zoo has hatched an egg graduating the Mysore facility as India's first zoo to have successfully bred the world's biggest snake. A four year old anaconda is found to have hatched the egg on Friday and the newborn is shifted to the zoo hospital, the executive director B P Ravi said on Sunday. The real challenge for the zoo authorities lies ahead as the reptile's survival hangs in balance. The two-day-old anaconda is now kept in a special cage and the temperature at the place is maintained given that Mysore's weather conditions are fluctuating due to monsoon season. The reptile has to molt first indicating its health before it could be offered prey. Ravi said: "It is too early to share any other information regarding its survival." He said they are keeping their fingers crossed. The zoo said the anaconda laid eight eggs and one was hatched on July 25. The remaining seven eggs were found to be infertile, he stated.


The newborn was separate from the mother as a precautionary measure given that anacondas have the tendency to eat the young ones. The vets are waiting for first molting of the baby snake as it will start eating pinkies only after that. The baby snake is about 2 feet long and is moving around in its cage. The vets are consulting experts, including the authorities at Sri Lanka from where they were brought here. When in November 2011, the zoo got five green anacondas from Sri Lanka, it was the first facility in the country to have got the big reptile. They were shipped from National Zoological Gardens in Colombo. When they arrived here, they were aged 15 months and measured between 3 ft to 4 ft. The zoo had got three females and two males, but within two months lost a female.


In November 2012, another had anaconda died. Death of female anaconda in January 2012 was due to heart failure and anorexia while the second anaconda's death was attributed to a nervous disorder. The life span of the anaconda is 20 years and they grow up to 30 ft and weigh 227 kgs. However, those that are bred at Colombo facility were 20 ft. Since they were born in captivity, the senior foresters visited the Sri Lankan facility and selected them and build the new enclosure measuring 40 ft X 20 ft investing Rs 9 lakh. Natural environment conditions like water pond and greenery was added to make the snakes feel comfortable and move around freely.