Ancient Python Lays Eggs, Apparently Without Male Help

It’s been about two months since zookeepers at the St. Louis Zoo found a ball python believed to be about 62 years old coiled around a clutch of seven eggs she had laid. But the surprise has not worn off.

Not only had the snake not had contact with a male python for at least 15 years; it also had already outlived its life expectancy by more than two decades.

It’s rare but not impossible for ball pythons, one of the smallest python species, to reproduce asexually. But Mark Wanner,…

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