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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  • Anonymous

    At last, the Anti-Christ is born… :-)

  • 5by5

    At last, the Anti-Christ is born… :-)

  • Dust

    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.

  • Dust

    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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • samthor

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

  • Cerebralcaustic

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

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

  • grooveboss

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

  • grooveboss

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