A snake rescuer from Tamil Nadu quickly rushed to help after he was informed by a resident about the reptile coiled up in his bathroom. But little did he know that he would be in for a terrific experience—the snake giving birth to snakelets.
Identifying the reptile as a Russell’s viper, one of the most venomous snakes, snake-rescuer Murali used a tong to catch it in a gunny bag in order to release it into the forest in a village near Coimbatore.
Realising that the snake had been giving birth to snakelets, Murali kept the bag under a tree, news agency PTI reported. Two hours later, he found 35 snakelets.
Watch the rescue video here:
According to news agency ANI, the snake and the babies were released into Anaikatti forest Range in the evening after the rescue.
Tamil Nadu: 35 snakelets and their mother, a Russell’s viper, were found in the bathroom of a house in Kovilmedu area of Coimbatore, earlier today. A team of snake catchers rescued and released them into Anaikatti forest. pic.twitter.com/MblzZu1Py5
— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2020
The photo of the mother and the young ones created a big buzz online, and while most said it was rescued just in time ahead of the delivery, others joked that the parent can start an IPL team.
Gorgeous beauties… Never seen so many together. They love to nestle under rocks in Yelagiri. They are venomous snakes but so far i have been lucky in all my encounters. They tend to rapidly move away from us, finding tiny rocks or bushes to hide under. https://t.co/vNqvhGIULa
— Poornima (@poornimathreya) June 27, 2020
She wanna start her own IPL
— Saloni Rajgaur (@Salonirajgaur) June 26, 2020
I would have died after watching a snakelet in my bathroom 😱 And here we have 35 snakelets and their month 🧐
— Ankit ⚡ (@An_Kush7) June 26, 2020
Fam, I’d change my house.
— Parody Liberation Army (@ArmyofWimps) June 26, 2020
If the Bathroom would have been in my house, I am more than sure that I would have died on the spot seeing the situation
— Aatmik Mittal (@AatmikMittal23) June 26, 2020
— 😭 (@Haathigola) June 26, 2020
— Stronger than ever (@ever_stronger) June 26, 2020
Aise bathroom jao toh fir presure ka poocho mat.
— Vishal Sahu (@VishySahu) June 26, 2020
While most snakes lay eggs and hatch them, Russell’s viper is an ovoviviparous species, who have the embryos developed inside eggs that remain inside the mother’s body until they are ready to hatch. The baby snakes, as per reports, moult as soon as they are born and are highly venomous immediately after birth.
With inputs from PTI and ANI
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