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USA: Reticulated python has VIRGIN birth, first case in HISTORY00:39

USA: Reticulated python has VIRGIN birth, first case in HISTORY

United States, Louisville Zoo
October 24, 2014 at 12:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

A reticulated python gave birth to six female offspring at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky on Friday, surprising zoo keepers with a virgin birth after the snake had no contact with male specimens in over four years. It is the first recorded virgin birth by a reticulated python, which happens to be the world's longest snake, in history

The 11 year-old python called Thelma laid 61 eggs in the summer of 2012, which were then removed by Zoo staff for examination.

Six of the eggs hatched two months later. The skin of the mother and all six offspring were examined by a molecular ecology laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The investigation report released earlier this month concluded that all six hatched pythons were produced by the mother alone, without sperm from a male snake - the first ever documented case in history.

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A reticulated python gave birth to six female offspring at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky on Friday, surprising zoo keepers with a virgin birth after the snake had no contact with male specimens in over four years. It is the first recorded virgin birth by a reticulated python, which happens to be the world's longest snake, in history

The 11 year-old python called Thelma laid 61 eggs in the summer of 2012, which were then removed by Zoo staff for examination.

Six of the eggs hatched two months later. The skin of the mother and all six offspring were examined by a molecular ecology laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The investigation report released earlier this month concluded that all six hatched pythons were produced by the mother alone, without sperm from a male snake - the first ever documented case in history.

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