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Rare snakes hatch at zoo

SHANGHAI Zoo has successfully hatched 20 constrictor snakes in an artificial environment which will go on show to visitors soon, said the zoo today.

The rare snakes started hatching from their eggs last Thursday, with 20 survivors by yesterday, officials said.

The mother laid about 30 eggs on April 22 but was disturbed by other snakes the day before they were due to hatch.

Keepers decided to protect the snake with a cover and discovered the babies hatching, they said.

Constrictors are a first-class protected species in China, where urbanization has seen their numbers fall rapidly in recent years.

Shanghai Zoo began studying artificial snake hatching in 2006.


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