World’s Longest Snake Has Virgin Birth

World's Longest Snake Has Virgin Birth—First Recorded in Species

The world’s longest snake has given birth all on her own — the first for her species! Read this fascinating article to learn how it happened and more about Momma:

This reticulated python is one of six born to a virgin mother at the Louisville Zoo. Virgin birth has been documented in the world’s longest  snake for the first time, a recent study says. An 11-year-old  reticulated python named Thelma produced six female offspring in June 2012 at the  Louisville Zoo in Kentucky, where she lives with another female python, Louise. No male had ever slithered anywhere near the 200-pound (91-kilogram), 20-foot-long (6 meters) mother snake. New DNA evidence,  published in July in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society , revealed that Thelma is the sole parent, said […]

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