Just before Christmas there I put up a post about Komodo dragons at London and Chester zoos being about to reproduce by parthenogenesis. The BBC reports today that five of the ten eggs laid by Flora, the Chester Zoodragon, have now hatched.
The five male hatchlings (All Komodo dragons bred in this way will be male) are up to 18 inches (46cm) long and weigh about 4ozs (113g). Two eggs are still in incubation and three others collapsed. .The hatchlings will be moved to an enclosure on public display at the zoo around Easter and will ultimately grow to three metres in length - the Komodo dragon is the world's largest lizard.
The new clutch are the first Komodo dragons to born at Chester Zoo, where Flora and sister Nessie are part of a European zoo breeding programme to protect the threatened species. There are fewer than 4,000 Komodo dragons left in the world, and those living in the wild live on three islands in Indonesia.
Komodo Dragon parthenogenesis