The snake succesfully gave birth two a pair 2014. The current offspring did not survive.
Parthenogenesis, or giving birth without a male present is a rare but not uncommon occurrence in the reptile world.
The snake lives at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center and an intern found the dead baby snakes in July.
In addition to certain reptiles, parthenogenesis occurs in certain fish, insects, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Reptiles that are known to reproduce via parthenogenesis, including the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), reticulated python (Python reticulatus) New Mexico whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus), certain geckos and certain boa constrictors.
John Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a kingsnake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata