- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight baby vipers have been born at the Los Angeles Zoo after animal care specialists replicated the weather conditions of the vipers’ native Armenian and Turkish lands.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1MoxWQD ) that two Armenian vipers each gave birth to a litter, one on July 13 and another on July 16.

Zoo animal care specialists had failed repeatedly at attempts to breed the vipers. They found success only when they built a habitat resembling the rocky crevices and near-freezing temperatures the vipers are used to.

Zoo officials say most snakes hatch from eggs, but the Armenian vipers came into the world through live births.

The baby vipers and their parents can be viewed in the “Care and Conservation” of the Living Amphibians, Reptiles and Invertebrates exhibit.

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