A 62-year-old ball python laid seven eggs at the St Louis Zoo in the US on July 23. That would have already been a feat in itself given the python’s age but this one did so without being near a male python for over 20 years.
While ball pythons have been known to produce asexually, it is still unusual, particularly because they usually stop laying eggs well before 60.
Another possible explanation could be that the unnamed reptile stored the sperm for delayed fertilisation. Now that would be commitment to the cause after so long.
Three of the eggs have been put in an incubator while two are being used for genetic sampling which will help to determine how they were produce. The other two did not survive.