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Python in captivity lays eggs without male

Python in captivity lays eggs without male

Experts at the St Louis zoo are trying to figure out how a 62-year-old ball python laid seven eggs despite not being near a male python for at least two decades. Three of the eggs laid on 23 July remain in an incubator, two were used for genetic sampling and snakes in the other two eggs did not survive. Experts said it was unusual though not rare for ball pythons to reproduce asexually.

Kathy
Kathy
Max Bants
Max Bants 2 weeks

So strange. I guess, from a Darwinian perspective, if your body has a 'last ditch effort' epigenetic protocol that kicks in when sexual reproduction is 100% off the table, any genetic deficiencies arising from asexual reproduction are considered preferable to being a genetic dead end.

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