Indonesian Zoo Welcomes 7 Rare Komodo Dragon Babies

By Staff Reporter on March 20, 2013 8:10 AM EDT

Komodo dragon
Komodo dragon (representational image) (Photo: flickr.com/ William Warby)

Seven komodo dragons have been hatched successfully at a zoo in Indonesia.

Zoo officials had placed twenty-one eggs from two Komodo dragons in incubation at the Surabaya Zoo in eastern Java, Indonesia. While the first batch was placed in incubation in September last year, the second batch was placed in October.

Seven baby komodo dragons were successfully hatched March 10 at the zoo. "Some of the eggs from the first Komodo did not hatch, which is normal. We're hoping for another seven or eight from the second clutch, which are due to hatch around April or May," zoo spokesman Anthan Warsito told Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency Wednesday.

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The baby dragons were hatched as a result of breeding program that involves incubating the eggs, protecting the young ones from the cannibalistic adult komodo dragons and monitoring the babies' progress using microchips, the AFP report said.

The gender of the baby komodos is not yet known. The total number of komodo dragons at the zoo has now increased to 63.

Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) are the world's largest lizards that are found on the Indonesian island of Komodo. They can measure up to 10 ft (3 m) in length and can weigh almost 176 lb (80 kg). Baby komodos can weigh about 5-6 ounces each. About 6,000 komodo dragons are left in the wild, of which only 350 are breeding females. 

The life span of these animals is between 20 and 40 years.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the komodo dragons as "vulnerable."

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