Oh, the miracle of life. While most people would note that bringing a human or animal baby into the world is a beautiful thing, they might change their minds when they see this video.
A live video showing one such animal birth is both amazing some and grossing other people out. In the Facebook Live video, a mother sand boa snake gives birth to six baby snakes. As you’d expect, there is much slithering.
But hey, life is a miracle, although, if you’re freaked out by snakes, this may be more like a waking nightmare to you.
Let’s take a more scientific look and leave the skin crawling element out of it, if possible. Reptile Collective, a company that breeds snakes in the United States, posted the footage on Facebook, writing: “Always cool to witness live birth.”
A lot of people checked their phobias at the door to see how the birth process works for snakes. Turns out, it’s pretty fascinating, as each baby was encased in an individual membrane, though many people assumed they were laid in eggs.
Reptile Collective gave an update for those curious people who checked in, writing: “Yes all the babies made it. Here are all of them. Thank you for all of the interest. Sand boas are AMAZING animals that stay small and generally very tractable and tolerant of us humans.”
Comments included: “Yay! That makes me happy!,” “An amazing variety of colors and patterns!,” “They’re so cute!!!,” “omg they all look camouflaged,” and at least one report of “I just got mind blown by this video.”
As noted earlier, there was some confusion about this snake birthing babies, with one commenter writing, “I’m confused. I thought all snakes laid eggs” and another noting, “when do snakes give birth, all reptiles lay eggs,” with still another explaining, “Only about 70% I think or something like that.”
This commenter further expanded on the snake and egg debate, explaining: “Only 70 percent of the world’s snakes lay eggs. The rest give birth to live young. Oviparous—or egg-laying—snakes tend to live in warmer climates, which helps incubate their eggs. Viviparous—or live-birthing—snakes tend to live in cooler regions, where the ground is too cold for the eggs to develop on their own.”
Still another person was concerned about keeping snakes as domestic animals, writing: “Maybe you should release them and let them live in a bigger and natural space. Snakes are naturally not domestic animals. I understand you love them but don’t be selfish.”
Another commenter explained: “You don’t realize he can’t just release them. You can get in a lot of trouble for that. Especially if they’re not native to the area.”
One commenter reminisced about their own experience owning a snake, writing: “I used to have an anerythristic kenyan sand boa! Loved him! Got him when he was a little baby! Best snake ever!”
And this person thought that watching the snake birth diminished their desire to have a human baby, writing: “I’m sitting here watching this thinking ‘I wanna deliver human babies, but this is disgusting.'” I’m never gonna make it.”