One more green anaconda dies in Mysore Zoo

Another green anaconda died around 10 am on Sunday at the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens here.

Executive director of the Zoo, B P Ravi, said of the five greens anacondas received from Sri Lanka on November 23, 2011, two had been weak — they weighed under one kg.

One anaconda had died on January 21, due to a traumatic injury and pericardial adhesions.

Anaconda No 3 (the reptiles were numbered for identification), which died on Sunday, has been described as having been in a weak condition. It had refused to eat since its arrival, forcing the staff to force feed it.

Nervous disorder

According to doctors, it also suffered from a nervous disorder and noticed that it was not able to move properly in the water, unlike the other three snakes.

Upon the advice of the donor zoo veterinarians, the snake was regularly hand-fed.
The snake weighed 850 gm on arrival, and its weight at the time of death was 1.051 kg.

Ravi explained that the snake had molted (lost skin) five times since its arrival, but that the others had molted nearly 10 times.

“Now, the zoo is left with three anacondas and they are doing well,” he said and added the reason for the snake’s death will be known only after an autopsy.

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