Three python species called the Rock, Burmese and Reticulated gave birth to 56 snakelings in the Alipore zoo of Kolkata. Reticulated python species which is believed to be the longest python species in the world laid 28 eggs alone.
Reticulated is the longest python snake species in the world. As per reports, there is a huge increase in the number of eggs laid as the python usually lays between 10-15 at a time.
Out of the 28 eggs that were laid by the Reticulated mother snake, 20 of them hatched. The Burmese python laid 41 eggs out of which 34 hatched. Whereas both the eggs that were laid by the Rock photon hatched.
Following the development, the director of Alipore zoo, Ashish Kumar Gupta expressed his happiness and delight saying that they were all very proud and applauded his team for their joint efforts of trying to save the python species.
“We are very proud. We have made history. This is due to the sincere efforts of the team. The Burmese python laid around 35 eggs, the Reticulated Python laid 20 eggs, and the Rock python laid two eggs. We carefully sealed the eggs and monitored the temperature conditions,” India Today quoted Ashish Kumar as saying.
A report in India Today further stated that heat and extreme weather conditions could have spoiled the eggs and decrease breed count this time. However, with efficient use of the technology, massive breeding could be made possible. The eggs were reportedly kept in the 33-celsius temperature and were sealed as a preventive measure.