Wildlife officials release 27 python babies in India

Indian python, photo: slowmotiongli via Canva
Indian python, photo: slowmotiongli via Canva

Forest officials in India’s eastern Khordha district released 27 Indian python babies into the wild on Thursday after the eggs were successfully incubated artificially.

At the beginning of May, the pregnant python was first spotted by wildlife officials and villagers in the Chandaka forest. After a while, the mother and her 30 eggs were taken to a facility of the forest department.

“There is climate change, and it is our basic requirement to save the environment, so this experiment is an example of saving nature,” Manoj Pratihari told Reuters.

“We saved the eggs using this (artificial incubation), and this experiment became an achievement for us. Out of 30 eggs, 27 could hatch,” he said.

The young snakes measured about 60 cm (2 ft). The babies and their mom were released back into the Chandaka forest.

The non-venomous Indian python grows to 3 metres (9.8 ft) and is not considered dangerous to humans. The animal is classified as near threatened on the IUCN Red List.

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