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Old 11-09-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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Boa constrictors born by virgin birth
00:01 3 November 2010
Michael Marshall, environment reporter

Short Sharp Science: Boa constrictors born by virgin birth
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This boa constrictor has no father.

She was born in 2009 by parthenogenesis, otherwise known as "virgin birth". This makes her one of the first parthenogenetic vertebrate animals who have made it to adulthood.

The mother snake responsible had two litters, one in 2009 and another in 2010, producing a total of 22 offspring. All were female, and all had the same rare "caramel" body colour. Genetic analysis has confirmed that they are not related to any of the males the female had mated with (Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0793)...
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:13 PM   #2
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Ahhh Hemmmm!

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related to any of the males the female had mated with
That's not the definition of "virgin birth" is it?
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:30 PM   #3
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Self insemination.
Nice looking boa. Odd color.
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