Smithsonian Zoo Successfully Breeds Tentacled Snake

Last month, after four years of trying, the Smithsonian Zoo finally succeeded in breeding the tentacled snake in captivity. The venomous Southeast Asia native has two tentacles on its nose, a feature that is unique among Tentacled Snake (Photo by Ryan Somma/Creative Comons via Wikimedia)Tentacled Snake (Photo by Ryan Somma/Creative Comons via Wikimedia)snakes. These tentacles are adaptations that the snakes have developed to be able to detect prey in the murky waters of lakes and rice paddies.

In order to hunt under such conditions, the snake anchors itself into the mud and uses its tentacles to sense the movement of passing fish. Though they are venomous to their prey, they are harmless to humans. 

Unlike most species of snake, the tentacled snakes give birth to live young. Within a few hours of being born the snakes begin acting like adult snakes and have started hunting. They are currently being cared for behind the scenes while zookeepers make sure that they are feeding and growing properly. Once this has been confirmed, the snakes will go on display to the public. 

The National Zoo is one of only a few zoos in the country to house and exhibit tentacled snakes.

Sources: Washington Post, Wikipedia

Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger

Nov 18, 2012
by Anonymous
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I never been aware of this

I never been aware of this snake before but thanks to you for sharing about it and great that the zoo is being succeeded in breeding them.

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