San Diego Zoo breeds their first ever mountain vipers

The San Diego Zoo has bred Ethiopian Mountain Vipers for the first time ever. San Diego Zoo are the first zoo to have ever bred this species in America. They are also one of only four zoos in America currently housing them.

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Hailing from a small area in the southwest of Ethiopia little is known about this species. They live in a small area at high altitudes of 6,500 to 9,800 ft in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley.

The San Diego Zoo has bred 7 of these vipers to add to their current group of three females and two males. Currently only two of the females are on view in the zoos reptile house.

Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo/ Ken Bohn


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