Virgin Birth Discovered in Boa Constrictors

Boa Constrictor

"Virgin born" boa constrictor. Photo: Warren Booth.

Does this mean Jesus can now return as the Serpent? Good sense of humor, Almighty. Charles Q. Choi writes in Live Science:

For the first time, scientists have discovered a boa constrictor that reproduces by virgin birth.

Intriguingly, these giant female serpents only gave birth in this fatherless manner in years when males were present, researchers added.

Asexual reproduction is common among invertebrates (animals without backbones), and is rare in vertebrates, but not unknown. For instance, the komodo dragon, the world’s largest living lizard, has given birth via parthenogenesis, in which an unfertilized egg develops to maturity.

Scientists investigated a female boa constrictor at the Boa Store in Sneedville, Tenn., an online store that sells captive-bred boa constrictors. The female had given birth to litters of young this year and last. These offspring were all female and, unusually, were all caramel in color like their mother. This rare trait is recessive in nature, meaning it gets expressed only if offspring receive the DNA for it from both their parents, and none of the males that the female had been exposed to were known to carry the trait.

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9 Comments on "Virgin Birth Discovered in Boa Constrictors"

  1. Anonymous | Nov 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    At last, the Anti-Christ is born… 🙂

  2. At last, the Anti-Christ is born… 🙂

  3. Well in hebrew if the number-letters of a word add up to the same number, the words are equivalent, and the words for the snake in eden and christ actually do add up to the same number.

  4. Well in hebrew if the number-letters of a word add up to the same number, the words are equivalent, and the words for the snake in eden and christ actually do add up to the same number.

  5. Anonymous | Nov 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm |

    I’ll see your Robot Jesus and raise you Boa Jesus!

  6. I’ll see your Robot Jesus and raise you Boa Jesus!

  7. Cerebralcaustic | Nov 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm |

    Paul Bogdanor needs to expand his “Top 200 Chomsky Lies” article…

    http://www.paulbogdanor.com/200chomskylies.pdf

  8. grooveboss | Feb 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm |

    when a boa male says the baby was not his he might be telling the truth

  9. grooveboss | Feb 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm |

    when a boa male says the baby was not his he might be telling the truth

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