- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

SLADE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Powell County has added a rare snake to its collection.

WKYT-TV (https://bit.ly/1IeIDP3) reports the zoo has gotten a Mang Mountain Viper, which is native to only a few small areas of China.

Zoo curator Kristen Wiley says a reptile facility in Illinois had an extra viper and donated it to the zoo in Slade. She says seeing a Mang Mountain Viper in a zoo is very rare.

Only discovered in 1989, Wiley estimates there are only 500 Mang Mountain Vipers left in the wild. She says the nearest one in a zoo to the Kentucky Reptile Zoo is in St. Louis.

The Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Powell County is home to one of the largest venomous snake collections in the world.

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Information from: WKYT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com


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