Parthenogenesis

Snakes are some interesting beasts. They scare the shit out of most people. It’s a world wide phenomenon too.

https://www.factretriever.com/snake-facts

https://www.livescience.com/43641-copperhead-snake.html

I was looking up some copperhead shit yesterday (because of our snake talk) and came across this little factoid that I had forgotten:

https://thehostages.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ae177-copperheadinwater.jpg

 

“A copperhead snake, like the one pictured here, had a litter of four offspring in 2009. The problem was, the snake hadn’t had any contact with a male in five years. Scientists confirmed recently the female copperhead was the first evidence of virgin birth in a pit viper snake.

Credit: Credit: Chuck Smith” (http://tinyurl.com/y8tkuo5v)

So – those bitches be tricksie!!

 

As a kid I was fascinated by the local snake biome  and used to catch the fuckers and according to my parents, put them in my pockets… I out grew that, but they still interest me.

Red bellie racer:

https://i0.wp.com/cdn2.arkive.org/media/BA/BAF95629-89AA-463C-8FF4-E0DA18AF5031/Presentation.Large/Young-red-bellied-racer-in-proportion-to-a-blackberry.jpg

https://i1.wp.com/farm4.staticflickr.com/3591/3572455003_bb4e6ff8b7_z.jpg

Ringneck snake:

https://i0.wp.com/www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/venomous-look-a-likes/copperhead-look-a-likes/images/nwater-vs-copperhead.jpg

https://compleatnaturalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Snakezz.jpg

and of course mares favorite:

http://tinyurl.com/y9oumnat

https://img.ifcdn.com/images/9b0b72152fb351d1e7fd2ccd08a1d0038d89fff0c0d83d4f480a06178d0fd453_1.jpg

Slither on!

86 Comments

  1. Your mom likes my trouser snake 🍆—->🌮

  2. Back in my undergrad Biology days I actually knew off the top of my head what parthenogenesis meant. Now I need to reference smart science blogs like this one for a reminder. I was reminded of something similar the other day when I was at home. Let me preface this with the fact that when the boys are asked to take the trash out they a) bitch about it, b) put a single overhand knot in the bag and c) either toss it in the garage or if they hit the barrels they knock the big liner bags down and leave the lid ajar. I went home to grab a few things and figured I’d bring the few bags of trash to the dump. When I walked up to the barrels I could see the problem right away. I lifted a lid and the whole barrel was swimming with maggots. I almost reached down to deal with it but realized the young ‘uns would never learn unless they got to caress a few maggots. I put the lid firmly on the barrels and left it to incubate until the next time they’re home. The concept of “Spontaneous Generation” was the fallacy that maggots arose from meat.

    -$20-

  3. virgin birth? grandkids for everyone!

  4. did you put the cans in the sun for extra freshness?

  5. When the lid is lifted next time it’ll be like a magician letting doves fly out of his hat. Just with house flies.

    Abra-fucking-cadraba

  6. That would just be piling on Jay. I’m already trying to convince Paula that this is a valuable lesson for them (which it is) but she’s a protective mom

  7. Object lessons are good for the brain

  8. First, I Denounce this post with prejudice.

    Wakey wakey

    Lol, OK so what’s her typical teenage unrealistic idea?

    Well, I suppose the most unrealistic idea is that she doesn’t have to work. lol. She likes having money to buy things when she wants, but hasn’t yet really face the cold, hard reality of life. Once summer school is over.

  9. I had maggots find something tasty in my trash bin recently, likely due to a leaky bag. I dropped a splash of bleach in the bottom and closed the lid on them.

    And I knew parthenogenesis without having to look it up.

  10. Apparently humans are altering rattlesnakes unwittingly. We’re good at noticing the rattle, then killing the snake so we don’t have to worry about that one. Turns out some mutant rattlesnakes are born without rattles naturally, and us killing so many of the rattlers is selecting for silent ones, so DNR types and hiking guides are finding more and more rattlesnakes without rattles.

  11. https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/Russia-doomsday-nuclear-torpedo/2018/07/24/id/873369/

    So now Russia is going all in on dirty bombs. Sounds familiar, like our buddies in the Middle East.

    Probably doesn’t work, like everything else.

  12. Parthenogenesis was Phil Collins’ most underrated album.

  13. Well, I suppose the most unrealistic idea is that she doesn’t have to work

    That’s what you and Heysus are for.

  14. Happy Birthday Patty Ann :(

  15. I was a lurker in Patty Ann’s time here. She was a wickedly funny commenter.

  16. None of the snakes this year have rattled until we were dispatching them.

  17. I picked up a fulltime position at my same job, which starts this week (today). Pretty happy about it.

    It is cucumberpalooza at Casa de W, starting a few days ago. Got the 3rd and 4th jars of pickles bubbling on the counter, gonna go pick more this morning before work.

    Life is good and I’m the luckiest man alive.

  18. Frustration of the morning……get a call from someone… “Hi Im so & so and this is a recorded line” Me: “I dont give permission to be recorded.” Person keeps on blabbing…ME: Is this line being recorded?” Answer “yes”. Me: I repeat ” I dont give permission to be recorded” and I hang up. Fucking shitbird calls me back. Same spiel, ME: (Now screaming into phone) and hangup. They didnt call back again. This is a third party outfit conducting a audit and wanting me to provide all kinds of documentation their client already has. And they try to bully the contractors into compliance with threatening language in email, red font saying they will report us to someone in the “state insurance bureau”, and then they call with the “this is a recorded line” bullshit.

  19. Life is good and I’m the luckiest man alive.

    https://is.gd/pClDLc

  20. Your mom™.

  21. At my work there’s this thing called the Transfer Center. It acts as a clearing house for all referring hospitals. When they call or page you it always begins “Transfer Center, you are being recorded”. Nearly everyone’s response is an unspoken “Fuck you”.

  22. It’s finally not raining here, so I can hopefully get the brush and dead tree I cut down back to the burn pile tonight.

  23. well, I’m off to feed hungry bike riders, staying overnight in Ames. I didn’t have a stroke, you can read up on it:

    RAGBRAI – Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.

  24. That’s some poor judgement, CoAlex.

  25. If things go well tonight (timing wise) the lad and I will be heading to the range this evening to sign him up and get his safety class conducted for the local competitive shooting league. Once the safety class is over we’ll be observing tonight’s shooters and browsing handguns for his entry level setup.

  26. Eh, she was 3 years older than him and probably unwilling to have bunz in da oven. He’ll be okay.

  27. He’s spent his entire life playing Call of Duty. Nothing else.

    Kinda sad.

  28. Playing call of duty full time.

    uh huh.

    I can’t believe that’s a career. I mean, I’ve heard of it. It still is just weird.

  29. Heh:

    happyz hoodwinker
    happyz hoodwinker
    8 hours ago
    The world is coming to an end. Nerds are dumping perfect ten models for games.

  30. He’s an athlete (of a sort) with a high-maintenance piece to whom he wasn’t married. He dropped her to focus on his career.

    Yeah, he dropped a 10. The really, really appreciative 9 he picks up next will bring him sammiches.

  31. So, Michelle loved snakes. I drew the line at a boa constrictor in the house, due to small pets and (at the time) a small toddler.

    Last year, at her sister’s wedding, Michelle and Sarah were staying at a cheaper hotel near ours (bride insisted that we stay at the hotel where the wedding was being held), and several family friends were staying there as well.

    Apparently Michelle found a smallish snake in the foliage outside of the hotel that she had never seen before, but she had left her phone in the room. So, being Michelle, she put the snake in her pocket and took it to her room to photograph it.

    She gets on the elevator and one of our friends just happens to be in the same elevator.

    Cathy told us later that she wasn’t a bit surprised to find out afterwards that she was sharing the elevator with a snake, but she was awfully glad that she didn’t know it at the time!

    Oh, look! $20!

  32. I forget who told me this, but it went something like “For every good looking women out there, there is a guy that desperately wanted her out of his life.”

  33. My kids found a snake under the couch in the basement last night. Either it crawled in when the door was left open or (more likely) Oschi brought it in.

  34. I heard it of “sick of her shit” but yeah, same.

  35. I’m still getting my week together CoAlex. I haven’t forgotten. Soccer schedule is wonky.

  36. “as” not of.

  37. We is smarts.

  38. I forget who told me this, but it went something like “For every good looking women out there, there is a guy that desperately wanted her out of his life.”

    “No matter how beautiful she is, some guy somewhere is sick of her shit.”

  39. “Most educated”.

  40. Comment by Car in on July 24, 2018 1:12 pm
    Playing call of duty full time.

    uh huh.

    I can’t believe that’s a career. I mean, I’ve heard of it. It still is just weird.

    Meh, I figure it’s a step down from professional poker player.

  41. Playing call of duty full time.

    I have no problem with it since he is getting paid to do so.

  42. Link to an article on The Conservative Treehouse about multinational ag companies.

    https://tinyurl.com/ya5vlowo

    I had a friend who raised oranges and other tree fruits in California. I was surprised to learn that around there, you dealt with Sunkist, or you couldn’t sell your oranges. They would schedule when you would harvest and spray something on the trees to delay ripeness until the right time.

  43. I know plenty of educated people who are dumb as rocks.

  44. Smart in school, dumb in life

    I’ve worked with many of these people.

  45. Pepe, Welches does that here in MI now. I’m not complaining, either. They looked at our wineries and geography and decided to invest millions into the SW part of the state. A lot of small towns over here that were almost dead when I moved to that “most educated” place are alive again.

  46. JTFC,

    Someone wrote a mystery starring Obama and Biden

    “Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted: the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic.”

    https://tinyurl.com/ybecolna

  47. Opioids are a CIA plot to exterminate poor whites.

  48. Ok, I’ll admit that I find this kind of funny

    https://www.instagram.com/midtownuniform/

  49. Opioids are a CIA plot to exterminate poor whites

    I thought that they moved on to meth these days.

  50. Meth was for the lower class, opioids are for the Kulaks.

  51. I know plenty of educated people who are dumb as rocks.

    You mean like 90% of liberals?

  52. Wow, violent little storm here. Not a huge rain, but 100+ lightning strikes in 15 to 20 minutes. Power out again. Aaaargh.

  53. Awful news from UMaine today

    http://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Update-Darius-Minor-is-football-player-who-collapsed-and-died-today-at-UMaine-489060681.html

    Poor kid, I’m sure his family is devastated

  54. Drugs.

  55. Sorry. Shitty comment. Trashed.

  56. Aortic aneurysm or net neutrality.

  57. Wait…. offensive and politically incorrect jokes are now grounds for the destruction of someone’s life?

    *contemplates deleting H2

  58. “No matter how beautiful she is, some guy somewhere is sick of her shit.”

    The Billy Joel Rule

  59. Si, senor tequila.

  60. Watching Cards/Reds. 2 more days of free MLB extra innings. Dan is bandwagoning to the Brew Crew. He feels the need to provide commentary. Is there a law about mouthy sports smack talk? Stand your ground? Anything?

  61. Billy Joel is wearing a star of David these days to support Jews because Trump is Hitler or something, so getting rid of him was Christy’s good luck.

  62. Si, senor tequila.

    Ola, chiqua

  63. so getting rid of him was Christy’s good luck.

    You’re assuming that Christy isn’t fucking insane too….

  64. No, just that it’s better to be crazy alone than with another crazy person.

  65. You’re assuming that Christy isn’t fucking insane too….

    Yeah, but any sane guy would expect Christy to have a head full of snakes. You assume that the beautiful ones are crazy by default.

  66. Dan doesn’t rant. I just got him going about crappy field trips as a kid. My Virginia and Taiwan field trips were amazing. Sound off.

  67. You assume that the beautiful ones are crazy by default.

    #Evergreen

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwbKYcBdVyk

  68. Frickin hairdressers

  69. Hairdressers would be an awesome gang name.

  70. I need to meet a red-haired hairdresser named Tyffani…

  71. * touches Oso’s neck *

  72. Wait…. offensive and politically incorrect jokes are now grounds for the destruction of someone’s life?

    Where have you been for the past 10 years?

  73. Watch it, scott, she might put you in a headlock and knock you to the concrete.

  74. Beasn, I’m just creeping out!!! Who thinks it’s ok to touch coworkers?

  75. Scott, so far only 3 Hoppers this Summer. Creepy coworker is worse than Hoppers.

  76. Beasn, I’m just creeping out!!! Who thinks it’s ok to touch coworkers?

    Apparently most of the DNC and their donor class…

  77. Dan is still pissed that Jon touched me.

  78. Oso has jonitis.

  79. I do. It was weird.

  80. by gones

  81. We’re deleting our Angel game reservations. As great as Trout and Pujols are, they don’t win. Not a Goldschmidt fan.

  82. ho. lee. Shit. dead til 530 then a full sprint up til now.

  83. It came over me at a bad time
    But who wouldn’t ride on a moonlit line?
    Had her in my eye, 85 down the road of a dead end derp


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