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Parthenogenesis (Greek: παρθενος γενεσις, "virgin birth") is the term in science in which certain species of plant and animals can reproduce without the need of fertilization by a male.

In 2012, scientists discovered wild-caught snakes, cottonmouth and copperhead, were capable of parthenogenesis. The "wild-caught" here is significant as the phenomenon had already been shown in captive snakes, but was thought to be mainly a result of that captivity.[1]