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Photo: Brittany Steff, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
One of eight tentacled snakes born Oct. 21, 2012 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The species gets its name from the unique tentacles that protrude from their snout and function as sensory mechanisms that allow the reptiles to pick up vibrations from fish that swim by. The Zoo’s four adult snakes are on exhibit at the Reptile Discovery Center.
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