A puff adder in captivity in Kenya's Nairobi National Museum has produced 134 young -- believed to be a record.
GV EXTERIOR..National Museum, Nairobi
SV & CU INTERIOR.. puff adder with young (4 shots)
CU Puff adder and young (2 shots)
Initials ES. 1349 ES. 1402
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Background: A puff adder in captivity in Kenya's Nairobi National Museum has produced 134 young -- believed to be a record. The young were born alive -- unlike most species, which are hatched from laid eggs -- and fully poisonous from birth. Shortly before this film was shot, ten of the young were killed when rolled upon by their mother -- who was shortly afterwards removed for the protection of the survivors.
Puff adders normally give birth to about two dozen young in any one litter -- and although 60-70 in a litter have been recorded before, they were considered to be exceptional.