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Image description: This is one of the eight tentacled snakes...

Posted Nov 13 2012 3:00pm


Image description: This is one of the eight tentacled snakes born at the National Zoo last month. The birth of the snakes was a surprise to zookeepers because the parents have not given birth to viable offspring in the last four years, despite past breeding attempts.

This species of snake is aquatic and gets its name from the tentacles on its nose that the reptiles use to sense fish in the water around them.

Photo from the National Zoo.

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