Snake Births Ring in New Year at Boston Aquarium

The babies ringing in the New Year in Boston were snakes: 14 babies in all for Ashley, the proud anaconda momma at the New England Aquarium. All measured about 2 feet — tiny compared with their 16-foot mother. The births are rare because it is difficult for anacondas to breed in captivity.

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The babies ringing in the New Year in Boston turned out to be snakes; 14 in all for proud anaconda momma Ashley of the New England Aquarium. All the little snake babies measured two feet at birth - tiny compared to their 16-foot-long mother. It's a rare birth. Scientists say it's difficult for anacondas to breed in captivity. Of course it might be difficult to tell whether an anaconda is pregnant or just had lunch.

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