Snakes alive as Bovingdon’s Ameyzoo welcomes new arrivals

The 27 eggs laid by Ameyzoo's tiger reticulated python on Easter Sunday have begun to hatch.
The 27 eggs laid by Ameyzoo's tiger reticulated python on Easter Sunday have begun to hatch.

Shy baby pythons who are part of the family at an exotic pet store in Bovingdon have finally started to come out of their shells.

The 27 ‘Easter eggs’ laid by Ameyzoo’s breeding tiger reticulated python have been kept in an incubator since the end of March.

Although pythons do keep their own eggs warm in the wild, store owner Mark Amey said they made the decision to artificially incubate the hatchlings to give them all the best chance of survival.

Once all hatched, the babies will start to shed their skin and will begin to be fed mice, before they can be sold.

Mark said: “If these had been royal pythons, we may have been able to name one after the royal baby. But these are tigers, and we have a massive variation in colour. Their yolk gives them a really good standing for survival.”