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    Re: 62 year old BP in ST Louis Zoo Lays a Clutch Without Male Help

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    Honestly just looks like a 62yr old wild phenotype that just went through labor as an incredibly geriatric animal photographed in terrible lighting.


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    I'm not at all good at BP morphs but that's what I thought too...thanks. Not that we've ever SEEN a 62 year old BP...
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    I've been following this story a bit (kinda waiting to hear the results on the genetic testing) and I think this particular reporter got the info wrong. The first story I saw out of the zoo said that they'd verified her age as 50 years. Still absolutely incredible, and I so strongly agree that it presents one more argument against the current trend of "I own a BP, therefore I want to breed BP".
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    Re: 62 year old BP in ST Louis Zoo Lays a Clutch Without Male Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Caitlin View Post
    I've been following this story a bit (kinda waiting to hear the results on the genetic testing) and I think this particular reporter got the info wrong. The first story I saw out of the zoo said that they'd verified her age as 50 years. Still absolutely incredible, and I so strongly agree that it presents one more argument against the current trend of "I own a BP, therefore I want to breed BP".
    I've been wondering about the age too...it's quite a jump from the previous record of 47 years.

    Totally agree about over-breeding too. And it's hard to find the "off switch".
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    Re: 62 year old BP in ST Louis Zoo Lays a Clutch Without Male Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Caitlin View Post
    The first story I saw out of the zoo said that they'd verified her age as 50 years.
    You're absolutely right. I found the original article/post and it verifies the BP to be over 50 years old. Link below:

    https://m.facebook.com/stlzoo/posts/10157961578532917

    It would be great if someone can reach out to the zoo via FB (since I personally don't have one) and ask if they have an exact age for her.



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    The article says the zoo was given the snake in 1961 so that's almost 60 years if that part is accurate.
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    62 year old BP in ST Louis Zoo Lays a Clutch Without Male Help

    Snakes to get swapped around and mixed up though ..plus Iím thinking that over the years I bet the odd employee put it in another viv for a day or so when they were cleaning or changing vivs around ..


    A few years ago I saw a pet store tank that had a young Royal and a young Boa both with their heads popping out of the SAME hide ...

    When I mentioned it to the girl she just smiled and said she put them together to clean up their vivs and they Ďseemedí to get on .. Ď - she added that they both like the same temps so theyíll be fine ...





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    WOW, I remember when a boa over 40 was the world record holder. But over 60, that's truly amazing!!!!! Time to re-do my estate planning

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    Re: 62 year old BP in ST Louis Zoo Lays a Clutch Without Male Help

    Quote Originally Posted by viper69 View Post
    WOW, I remember when a boa over 40 was the world record holder. But over 60, that's truly amazing!!!!! Time to re-do my estate planning
    Iím still not convinced... unless they can prove it somehow.. blood tests ..

    Iím even wondering if itís a publicity stunt ... just to get more public awareness of the place ??

    Itís one thing laying a batch despite not being paired up ... then to be a reported 62 years old but to be both at the same time .. Iím not even sure Iíve heard of too many laying batches after 15 years never mind 62 ...


    So many strange facets to this story make me suspicious ..


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    Re: 62 year old BP in ST Louis Zoo Lays a Clutch Without Male Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Snagrio View Post
    30+ years? Try 80+. I have an elderly neighbor who has an umbrella cockatoo and the poor guy's been traded around between several people already and from what I remember he's not even halfway through his natural lifespan, and will most certainly outlive his current owners. The neighbor's tried to talk me into taking him in (as I already have birds myself, a green cheek conure and a flock of chickens) but I know better than to take on an animal that's beyond my capabilities. So who knows where he'll end up in a few years.

    Quite sad...
    Right! I got a green cheek myself a little over a year ago, and unless something happens to me, I'll outlive her (again hopefully lol) so I'll never have to worry if someone else is going to take care of her like I have. I think pet stores need to do a better job explaining to folks that, hey this bird/snake is going to out live you. You need to have a plan.

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