‘She’s extremely unusual’ – 62-year-old snake may have had extra sperm storage

John Landecker

This photo provided by the Saint Louis Zoo shows,a 62-year-old ball python curled up around her eggs July 23, 2020. Experts at the St. Louis Zoo are trying to figure out how a 62-year-old ball python laid seven eggs despite not being near a male python for at least two decades. (Chawna Schuette/Saint Louis Zoo via AP)

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Dave Bernier, General Curator at the Lincoln Park Zoo, joins John Landecker to discuss the birth of a female zebra that is growing like a weed! It’s been about two months since zookeepers at the St. Louis Zoo found a 62 year old ball python that laid seven eggs, but the snake had not been with a male for at least a decade and already outlived its live expectancy. Bernier chats about the likelihood of species to reproduce asexually. He tells listeners about new fall events like Zoo Nights which will be held Saturday evenings from 6-9 p.m. From October 1 to November 1, the zoo will have harvest fun during normal business hours. For more information, visit their website.

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