Ball python at St. Louis zoo lays eggs, but experts say she has not been near a ...

Ball python at St. Louis zoo lays seven eggs, baffling workers who say the snake has not been near a male in 15 YEARS A ball python laid seven eggs, but has not been near a male in 15 years Experts suggest it may have done so asexually or was storing sperm The snake is more than 50 years old, which is above the age snakes give birth

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:23 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 22:23 BST, 10 September 2020

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St. Louis Zoo in Missouri announced a joyous, yet shocking event – a ball python that has not been near a male in 15 years laid several eggs.

The snake is also 50 years old, making the occasion very rare due to the fact this creature does not typically give birth around this age.

Workers note that ball pythons are capable of reproducing both sexually and asexually, as well as store sperm to fertilize eggs at a later time.

The team is conducting genetic testing with two of the seven eggs to determine which was occurred in this case.

St. Louis Zoo in Missouri announced a joyous, yet shocking event – a ball python that has not been near a male in 15 years laid several eggs. The snake is also 50 years old, making the occasion very rare due to the fact this creature does not typically give birth around this age

St. Louis Zoo in Missouri announced a joyous, yet shocking event – a ball python that has not been near a male in 15 years laid several eggs. The snake is also 50 years old, making the occasion very rare due to the fact this creature does not typically give birth around this age

Mark Wanner, a zoological manager of herpetology at the zoo, told STLToday: ‘She’d definitely be the oldest snake we know of in history.’

Altogether the snake laid seven eggs – two are in an incubator, two are being culled for genetic testing and the last two did not survive.

‘On July 23, something incredible happened at the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium at the Saint Louis Zoo — a ball python laid eggs,’ the St. Louise Zoo shared in an announcement Tuesday.

‘That might not sound too thrilling to some, but to our Herpetarium staff it definitely was. This

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