Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Virgin Birth has Arrived....

As I previously blogged about the Komono dragon who reproduces asexually. Although my science knowledge is lacking, I'm pretty sure that 'birth' is not the correct term as this is a reptile and her eggs have hatched. Even so, her 'children' have arrived!

The shells began cracking last week, after an eight-month gestation period, which culminated with the arrival on Tuesday of the fifth black and yellow coloured dragon.

The dragons are between 40 and 45 centimetres in length and weigh 100 to 125 grams each, said Mr. Buley, who leads the zoo's expert care team.

He said the reptiles are in good health and enjoying a diet of crickets and locusts.

Other reptile species reproduce asexually in a process known as parthenogenesis. But Flora's virginal conception, and that of another Komodo dragon earlier this year at the London Zoo, are the first time it has been documented in a Komodo dragon.

Source: Globe and Mail


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