Rus­sell’s Viper has lit­ter of 36

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: A Rus­sell’s Viper snake caught from Bara­mati and held for its venom has given birth to 36 off­spring at Haf­fkine In­sti­tute in Parel last week . The snake gave birth , a top of­fi­cial of the in­sti­tute said on Fri­day. The lit­ter range of this species is about 20-30 at a time, said Nishi­gandha Naik, di­rec­tor of the in­sti­tute. “The snake was brought on July 1and and de­liv­ered 36 hatch­lings on July 5. The snake giv­ing birth to off­spring in ex­cess means it has been han­dled and fed well,” Naik said.

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