LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin saw the birth of an extremely rare snake Wednesday afternoon.
According to a press release from zoo Director Gordon Henley, a Louisiana pine snake was born after a 74-day incubation period. The species in the US is known from only two locations in Texas and has not been found in the wild for more than three years, Henley stated, and the only known of that species are housed at the zoo as part of a breeding program to save it from extinction.
Henley stated this snake is the first reproduced at the zoo since the 1980s.
More of this breed are in Louisiana, Henley said. Through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Louisiana Pine Snake Species Survival Plan, captive breeding efforts have produced more than 30 snakes which have been released in Louisiana, Henley stated.
Henley stated the snake has been historically found in Angelina County and his staff will continue to make efforts to keep it from going extinct.