Mountain horned dragons hatch at Chester Zoo for first time.
Keepers at Chester Zoo are ‘egg-static’ after hatching seven unusual lizards for the very first time.
The mountain horned dragons, a species native to South East Asia, broke from their shells at the end of a four-and-a-half-month-long incubation.
It is too early to determine the sexes of the new youngsters but keepers say they are all doing well.
Matt Cook, lead herpetology keeper, said:
“This is the first breeding success we have had with this species and we’re delighted with them – the youngsters are already going from strength-to-strength.”
“After waiting for them to hatch for nearly five months, it was pleasing to be in the right place at the right time to be able to watch some of them pip their way out of their eggs.”
“Mountain horned dragons are a really interesting species. The ‘horned’ part of their name stems from a row of spines that run down the back of their necks and across their eyelids, which should begin to develop on our new arrivals after around six months.”
Mountain horned dragon facts
- The species’ Latin name is Acanthosaura capra
- This medium sized lizard species ranges in size from 8-15 inches and can be found natively in South East Asia
- Mountain horned lizards typically perch motionless in the treetops, waiting for various invertebrate and vertebrate prey to cross their paths
- Mountain horned dragons are diurnal, which means they are active during the day, and can live for about 12-15 years
- The biggest threat to the species comes from deforestation
Article and images kindly supplied by Chester Zoo