A snake laying eggs won’t appear to be essentially the most uncommon factor to occur.
However keepers on the Saint Louis Zoo in Missouri had been shocked to find that one among their ball pythons had produced seven eggs – regardless of having no contact with a male for over 15 years.
Whereas some reptiles are identified to breed asexually, keepers are additionally shocked by the mom’s age.
At 62, the ball python is believed to be the oldest snake residing in a zoo.
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“She’d positively be the oldest snake we all know of in historical past” to put eggs, Mark Wanner, a zoological supervisor of herpetology at Saint Louis Zoo, informed the St. Louis Publish-Dispatch newspaper.
Three eggs have survived and stay in an incubator, in keeping with the newspaper. They’re anticipated to hatch inside a month.
The zoo is utilizing genetic testing to find out whether or not the eggs had been produced asexually – as occurs in some species of snakes and different reptiles – or on account of the snake storing sperm for delayed fertilisation.
Ball pythons, or royal pythons as they’re additionally identified, are native to central and western Africa.