- 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.


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

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