RARE RED SHORT-TAILED BABY PYTHONS WERE BORN IN MOSCOW ZOO

28.07.2020

 
The female of the Brongersma's short-tailed python made laid eggs in May, and just the other day 7 babies have hatched. Their length is no more than 30 centimeters yet and their sex will be known only after the first molt, when the snakes grow up a little.

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Getting snakes to breed in the zoo is quite difficult. At first, the employees imitate the rainy season: they drop the temperature in the terrariums and rise the humidity level, after which the male and female are placed together. The red python is an egg-laying snake. The female lays 4 to 28 eggs. Usually after 75 days, young pythons emerge from the eggs. 
 
Brongersma's short-tailed red python is a rare snake species that belongs to the python family and lives in Thailand, Vietnam, western Malaysia and Indonesia - on the islands of Sumatra, Banka and Belitung. The total length varies from 1.5 to 2.6 meters. They have thick massive bodies; large females can weigh up to 22 kg. The species inhabits mountain and rain forest valleys and plantations. Occurs at altitudes up to 2000 m above sea level. 
 
These rare pythons have been kept and reproduced successfully in Moscow Zoo for a long time. A male and a female - parents of the little pythons - were also born at the zoo in 2013. This is the first laying for the female. You can see the mother python at the exhibition “The Amazing World of Reptiles”. And in couple of months, some of her slightly grown offspring may join her there.