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62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by Macsjebs(m): 7:26pm On Sep 11
Elderly ball python lays eggs 'without male help'

But keepers at the Saint Louis Zoo in Missouri were surprised to discover that one of their ball pythons had produced seven eggs - despite having no contact with a male for over 15 years.

While some reptiles are known to reproduce asexually, keepers are also surprised by the mother's age.

At an estimated 62 years old, the ball python is believed to be the oldest living snake.

Mark Wanner, the zoological manager of herpetology at the zoo described the birth as a "unique occurrence".

"It's amazing, in my opinion, that a snake of this age is able to reproduce a fertile clutch of eggs," he told the BBC.

The snake was given to the zoo by a private donor in 1961 and was estimated to be three years old at the time, according to Mr Wanner.

The oldest documented ball python to date was a male at Philadelphia Zoo who died at the age of 47.

Mr Wanner added that the zoo planned to publish information about the snake's age and asexual reproduction, if and when it is confirmed by testing.

Three eggs have survived and remain in an incubator. They are expected to hatch within a month.

The zoo is using genetic testing to determine whether the eggs were produced asexually, which has previously been recorded in reptiles including ball pythons, rattle snakes and komodo dragons.

There have been previous cases of snakes storing sperm for delayed fertilisation.

Ball pythons, or royal pythons as they are also known, are native to central and western Africa.
Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54121551?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/science_and_environment&link_location=live-reporting-story

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by starbuck: 8:04pm On Sep 11
Lalasticlala...

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by akure1stson: 8:08pm On Sep 11
lalasticlala Oya come and explain what is going on here

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by illicit(m): 8:41pm On Sep 11
Snake is the most popular animal on NL

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by DiegoMaria(m): 9:03pm On Sep 11
Snakes united

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by PureGoldh(m): 9:20pm On Sep 11
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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by ForeThinker: 9:20pm On Sep 11
When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by Righteousness89(m): 9:20pm On Sep 11
Thats Really Mysterious ...

Any we all are God's Creatures. He can do whatever He wants to do with us..

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by inoki247: 9:20pm On Sep 11
Is possible now dem fit du IVF for the snake nah sad shocked shocked

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by flexd99(m): 9:20pm On Sep 11
Wow
Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by rentAcock(m): 9:20pm On Sep 11
What are they surprised about? It is an asexual creature which means that it can produce offspring without the help of a male.

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by phlame(m): 9:21pm On Sep 11
grin


Reminds me of a certain blogger who preached about celibacy... undecided undecided undecided

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by Slawormir: 9:21pm On Sep 11
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by Yemi4real3(m): 9:21pm On Sep 11
food Don do
Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by Rapmoney(m): 9:21pm On Sep 11
Na spirit husband give am belle! shocked

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by laosy(m): 9:21pm On Sep 11
Lala monitoring the growth of the 3 eggs before they hatch

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by tstx(m): 9:22pm On Sep 11
This one na hermaphrodite
Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by solmusdesigns: 9:22pm On Sep 11
Hmmn end time
Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by goshen26: 9:22pm On Sep 11
Ok
Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by BruncleZuma: 9:22pm On Sep 11
Lalasticlala oya, over to you.

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by LadySarah(f): 9:22pm On Sep 11
Righteousness89:
B
Go n read ur Bible

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by AmazingELixir: 9:22pm On Sep 11
lipsrsealed lipsrsealed lipsrsealed


I don't trust this white folks...they most probably had tinkered with its Gene's to create a hermaphrodite species of that snake.

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by theexposure88(m): 9:22pm On Sep 11
watchout for the younger ones
Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by Promoter2: 9:22pm On Sep 11
Are you sure? Even Lalasticlala didn't go near her? grin

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by visijo(m): 9:23pm On Sep 11
Nice

Don't go and hustle
Stay there and be forming figure8
Person wey go collect ur husband na amoeba�

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by Bobotic(m): 9:23pm On Sep 11
Lala silencing everybody grin grin grin grin

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Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by Dave0116(m): 9:23pm On Sep 11
First to comment



The python try grin grin cool
Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by Camos: 9:23pm On Sep 11
Certainly the outcome of Shilo 2019
Re: 62-Year-Old Ball Python Lays Eggs Despite Having No Contact With Male (Photos) by wittyt98(m): 9:23pm On Sep 11
if I knew a way to make Snakes go extinct, I'd do it grin. I hate their ugly looks and killer instincts

don't know why people glorify them on this platform.

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