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Last Updated: Monday, 30 October 2006, 16:36 GMT
Breeding success for rare snake
Baby Jamaican boas
The snakes can grow to 2m in length
Keepers at a Birmingham nature centre are welcoming the arrival of 12 baby Jamaican Boa snakes.

The babies are part of a captive breeding programme at Birmingham Nature Centre and it is the first time their mother has given birth.

The snakes, an endangered species, are currently just 1cm (0.3in) long but can reach 2m (6ft 7in) as adults.

Their native habitat is moist limestone forests, caves and trees. Accurate numbers in the wild are not known.

The nature centre, near Birmingham city centre, is home to more than 130 different species.


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