Independent woman: The world's oldest python ever known to lay eggs has had no male contact in over 20 years

Sep 12th

Zoo officials at the St. Louis Zoo told the AP that their 62-year-old python has laid 7 eggs. This is amazing, given the snake's advanced age, but it's even more amazing considering she's had zero male companionship for over 20 years!

It seems, though, that ball python "asexual" reproduction is not unheard of, especially given the fact that females can "store" acquired sperm for later (apparently much later!) use — truly adding new meaning to the term "sperm bank" LOL!

Speaking of her sensational geriatric gestation abilities, "She'd definitely be the oldest snake we know of in history," [to lay viable eggs] said Mark Wanner, the zoo's herpetology manager.

At this writing, the eggs, laid on July 23rd, have yet to hatch.


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