Threatened Snake Species Hatches At Florida Zoo

A Florida zoo recently welcomed the newest members of its clan -- two hatchlings of a threatened snake species. 

Two Eastern indigo snakes hatched on July 10th and 11th, following a 100-day incubation, at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Currently 13 inches long, the pair are destined to grow as members of the longest native snake species in the country.

They were the first indigo snakes hatched at the zoo since 1997.

The species is native to the southeastern United States, where the population has decreased rapidly because of habitat loss. 

The zoo says those snakes recently reached sexual maturity, but were only briefly together as Eastern indigos can be territorial.

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