- A video of a sand boa giving birth was posted on the Reptile Collective Facebook
- But many viewers were left confused, as they thought that snakes only lay eggs
- In fact, only 70 per cent of the world’s snakes lay eggs and live in warm climates
Fascinating footage of a sand boa giving birth has been baffling viewers.
The video was posted on the Reptile Collective Facebook page last week with the caption: ‘Always cool to witness live birth’.
It shows two of the slippery reptiles being born, out of a total of six babies.
The video was posted on the Reptile Collective Facebook page last week with the caption: ‘Always cool to witness live birth’. Pictured: The first snake in the video being born
Since it was posted last week, the video has clocked up over nine million views.
On Monday the Reptile Collective posted a picture of the six babies, saying: ‘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.’
But the footage left many viewers scratching their heads, with many commenting that they were confused as they thought snakes only laid eggs.
Pictured: The second snake featured in the video, which is much darker than the first, is born
‘I’m finding my elementary school teachers and firing them myself,’ wrote Brittany Hutchcraft. ‘Snakes lay eggs, but I guess this is 2017 everything changes.’
Autumn Freeman added: ‘So are boas considered mammals?? Every science class as a child has failed me.’
In fact, only 70 per cent of the world’s snakes lay eggs. Those snakes – known as oviparous, or egg laying – tend to live in warmer climates.
While viviparous, or live-birthing, snakes tend to live in colder places.