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'Cold-blooded' pythons make for caring moms

20:00 EDT 13 Mar 2018 | AAAS

(University of the Witwatersrand) The female Southern African python is the first ever egg-laying snake species shown to care for their babies. This comes at great cost to themselves, as they never eat during the breeding period -- with many snakes starving -- and turn their color to black in order to attract more sun while basking to raise their body temperature.

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