OT; parthenogenic reptiles

Dell Sherk dells@voicenet.com
Sat, 31 Dec 2005 14:14:44 PST
I have known many parthenogenic reptiles in my day.


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Subject: [pbs] OT; parthenogenic reptiles

ernie, i was also curious about gary's post and the
"blind worm."  not being a herpetologist but simply an
amateur naturalist, i can tell you however that there
are a few species of all-female, self-cloning reps. 
growing up in brazil, i remember reading about an
isolated population of snakes in a tiny island off the
coast of Sao Paulo (rattlesnake maybe?  my memory
might be faulty there) that are parthenogenic.

i believe there's also geckos and other lizards that
are parthenogenic.

tsuh yang

--- Ernie O'Byrne <eob@peak.org> wrote:
> Are you sure that it is actually a snake? I would
> like to know more. Does it
> have scales. It is the first I have heard of a
> parthenogenic reptile. Not to
> say that it doesn't exist, just that I am surprised
> to have not heard of it
> before, being an amateur herpetologist in my early
> years.
> Ernie O'Byrne
> -----Original Message-----
> Gary in Hilo, HI, where we do not have gophers or
> moles but do have a snake
> called locally the blind worm.  It lives mostly
> underground, is
> parthenogenic (there are no males), gets about
> 6"/15cm long, and eats
> termites, ants, and other arthropods.  I find them
> in my compost piles
> usually.  They are wonderful!

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