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    Russell's Viper gives birth to 36 baby snakes at Haffkine institute

    By Deepika

    Mumbai, July 13: A female Russell's Viper gave birth to 36 hatchlings at Haffkine Institute for Training Research and Testing.

    Senior doctors from the institute said these babies would be kept at the institute until they would be fit for release in the forest along with the mother.

    Image tweeted by ANI

    Elated, institute director Dr Nishigandga Naik told ANI, "It is lucky for us to welcome these babies in our institute. The mother and her 36 snake lets are healthy and safe."

    "I would like to say that this institute follows all World Health Organisation (WHO) norms and there is no issue about their food or safety," Naik added.

    The snake comes under "Big Four" venomous snakes list in India. The species generally gives birth to two dozen hatchlings, but this Viper gave birth to 36 hatchlings.

    Recently, over 110 baby cobras and two adult cobras were rescued from a house in a village in Odisha's Bhadrak district.

    The snakelets are about two to three days old, the adult cobras, a male and a female, were around 2.10 metres in length.

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