LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Staff over at the Ellen Trout Zoo say that they were surprised Wednesday when they checked in on their new pygmy rattlesnake and found nine more smaller versions.
The baby rattlesnakes are only five inches long at three days old and will soon be introduced to a diet of small insects.
The mother rattlesnake had been brought in by an Angelina County resident who had no idea that it was pregnant.
Staff said that this type of rattlesnake is very common in this area because it is native to East Texas.
"It was in a guy's backyard, I think, out in Angelina National Forest," said reptile expert, Robert Jackson. "He walked into his shed. It was one of these things where you know he didn't want to kill it. He knew they were around. He knows their benefit and what not."
Jackson added that the baby snakes will most likely go to other zoos to help out with captive genetics programs.