Snake gives ‘virgin birth’ to extraordinary babies

On the BBC via a post on facebook.

A baby boa constrictor born via immaculate conception (image:  Warren Booth)

Snakes without fathers: one of the unusual baby boas

 

A female boa constrictor snake has given birth to two litters of extraordinary offspring.

Evidence suggests the mother snake has had multiple virgin births, producing 22 baby snakes that have no father.

More than that, the genetic make-up of the baby snakes is unlike any previously recorded among vertebrates, the group which includes almost all animals with a backbone.

 

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