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Young Dragons

Young Dragons
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Copyright: BRIAN MCKAY (BRIMAC) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 31] (333)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-30
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Monitors, monsters, & dragons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-02 13:42
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On the 21st of May 2006,Flora,one of Chester Zoo's
femail Komodo Dragons,laid eleven eggs,it was a big
suprise when these eggs turned out to be fertile.
Flora had never been with a male Komodo Dragon.
DNA testing at Liverpool University proved that Flora
was both 'mother'and 'Father' to the eggs.
Other lizard species are known to be able to reproduce
in this way, called 'Parthenogenesis',but this was the
first time it had ever been seen in Komodo Dragons.
When they hatched these Komodo Dragons, all males, were 40-45 cm long, and weighed 100-125g.
the diet for baby Komodo Dragons is crickets,locusts,
and small mice for the first few months.
As they grow bigger they will get larger rodents,fish,and chicken just like their Mother.
(information from zoo notice board)
Photo taken on Canon 350D,250mm 800asa.

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Pretty littler things when they are small. I have seen the babies born on Gran Canaria as well. They don't seem to stay cute for very long!

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