January 31, 2007

Congratulations to the Virgin Mother - Komodo Dragon

Baby komodo dragon photo

January 22, 2007

Chester, England, United Kingdom

The product of a virgin birth, this baby komodo dragon is one of five hatchlings that made their appearance at the Chester Zoo in England this week.

Their mother, Flora, never had a mate and instead reproduced asexually (Read "Virgin Birth Expected at Christmas—By Komodo Dragon" [December 2006].)

This marked the second recorded incidence of asexual reproduction in a female komodo dragon, the other having taken place in April 2006 at the London Zoo.

Two more of Flora's eggs have yet to hatch.

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