Artwork / Crime Against Nature / Virgin Birth (Komodo Dragon)

painting of a Komodo dragon
Gwenn Seemel
Virgin Birth (Komodo Dragon)
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches


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Sometimes, I have to make two paintings in order to make one. That was the case for the komodo dragon and for this portrait client as well. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image.

Some girls can make boy babies without ever having had sex with boys.

The female komodo dragon can produce male offspring without the contribution of a male. Because the female komodo dragon has ZW sex chromosomes and the male has ZZ, a female can lay eggs with just one Z chromosome and that egg will eventually develop into the ZZ of a male.

wildlife painting by Gwenn Seemel
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