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10Feb 20
Snake Gives Unexpected Birth To Clones

Snake gives unexpected birth to clones

An anaconda snake at the Boston New England Aquarium produced 18 babies without the help of a male. It happened through a process called parthenogenesis. The sets of genes came from her eggs. The egg first clones itself before self-fertilizing. All of her offspring were clones, which doesn’t always happen…

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10Feb 20
Selfies, One And All: A Single Mom’s Unusual Family

Selfies, one and all: A single mom’s unusual family

At Boston’s New England Aquarium in early 2019, a 10-foot anaconda named Anna surprised her caretakers when she gave birth to 18 baby snakes—without the involvement of a male. The mama created her offspring by a rarely documented process called parthenogenesis, which is Greek for “virgin birth.” Each of Anna’s…

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01Oct 18

Super-snake found in Florida Everglades

Scientists have discovered a genetically blended python in the Everglades. They studied 400 snakes from Florida’s huge wilderness. They wanted to learn more about non-native species. What they found is a new breed of snake. It is part Burmese python and part Indian rock python. It is fast and aggressive.…

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