Sri Lanka sends two anacondas to Indian zoo

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka has sent two anacondas to an Indian zoo in Mysuru and in return for four blackbucks and four neelgais as part of an exchange program.

The Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysuru received two anacondas, one male and one female, measuring 8 feet in length. The two four-year-old reptiles are part of an exchange program with the Sri Lanka National Zoo.

According to C Ravishankar, the executive director of the zoo, the anacondas were flown into the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, and then were brought to Mysuru by road. The snakes are currently placed in quarantine; the public should be able to view them in another month.

The Mysuru Zoo, in turn, sent four blackbucks – two male and two female – and four neelgais, also two male and two female, in exchange for the anacondas, the News Minute reported.

“Meanwhile, we are expecting to receive another four anacondas in around four to five months,” said Ravishankar.

According to the Times of India, the Sri Lanka National Zoo had earlier sent 5 anacondas to the Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in 2011, during its first exchange program.

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