A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO

Toothless Reptiles is an independent monitor breeding facility and we are just that, independent. I have no agendas and I do not do this as my main source of income. I want to provide you with a fun and involved experience because that is what I expect for myself. If this was not fun I would not be doing it, that is why I go the extra mile to talk to non-customers and to send out T-Shirts, temperature probes, and even the egg that your monitor hatched from with every sale. I am able to keep my prices very competitive because my overhead is quite low given the fact that my normal job pays all my bills. This is also the reason why I generally go long periods of time between clutches as I do not need to stress my monitors out with constant production. In my case, what is best for my animals is always what is best for me too. I am simply a reptile enthusiast just like each and every one of you who happens to have the resources to be able to produce some awesome monitors. After breeding monitors for over 12 years now I am simply wanting to share them with you. Keep Feedin’ -Cory

worlds first scientifically verified parthenogenic water monitor

Toothless Reptiles has been funding a few different DNA projects (check out the services tab for info) and one of the reasons for that is the fact that we produced a parthenogenic animal. After more than a year of development we have finally been able to prove out our suspicions with preliminary testing!

results

“These data represent the results from four water monitors, M1 –adult female, M2 – her alleged parthenogenetic offspring, M3 –her sexually reproduced offspring and M4 -an “unrelated” adult female.   We would expect only a modest amount of genetic variation in this small sample due to various historical aspects of the captive and wild populations.  (Note: the female herself is homozygous at all four loci.) However, what little genetic variation that is exhibited (red allele sizes) fits the pattern of what we might expect from these four individuals.”

 

 

     Basically, row M1 expresses the same values over all 8 alleles as M2 because M2 is the parthenogenic offspring of M1. With parthenogenesis we know that all the genetic material, regardless of sex, comes from the female alone. M3 expressed a variation in allele 2 of primer set 7 and retained its similarities to M1 and M2 across all others because this animal is a normally fertilized offspring of M1. This variation, in theory, was introduced by the animals biological fathers’ DNA. M4 is completely unrelated to all other animals tested but is expressing some similarities that we think is due to the lack of genetic variation in the species. Obviously, we will be doing further testing utilizing all 12 of our primer sets for 24 alleles with more genetically diverse samples to give us a better spectrum but great data so far. Using the data, we have right now, Toothless Reptiles has produced the world's first scientifically verified parthenogenic Varanus Salvator. Pretty cool. Keep Feedin' -Cory

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