At Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation in Srimangal upazila of Moulvibazar, 22 baby pythons have come out of their eggs one after another while nine eggs are waiting to hatch.
On May 28 this year, the mother python laid 31 eggs. The eggs have started hatching from Wednesday night (July 22).
Sajal Deb, director of the foundation, said, "The female python was captured by villagers in Mirzapur area of Srimangal upazila in 2003. It was then rescued and kept at the Wildlife Service Foundation. Then in 2004, she first laid 32 eggs and the eggs hatched. After that in 2007, she laid 29 eggs again but none of the eggs hatched and all were wasted. Then in 2011, she laid 30 eggs and they hatched. In 2019, she laid 31 eggs and baby pythons came out from 22 of the eggs."
He said, "The production this year has been the best. Some eggs were wasted in the past but this year it seems we will get 31 hatchlings. Let us see what happens."
"Male partners are not available for the female python here. So she cannot lay eggs regularly," said Sajal.
He said the snakes were released in Lawachhara National Park and Satchhari National Park after they grew up.
Monirul H Khan, a wildlife expert and professor of zoology at Jahangirnagar University, said, "Snakes are different from other wildlife. As soon as the baby snake is born, it can walk on its own and collect food. It can be said that they are self-reliant from birth and can be released even when they are babies."