By Lauren Fruen
THIS is the incredible moment a set of 11 rare baby komoda dragons were born at a zoo resembling creatures from hit Netflix show Stranger Things.
The reptiles – which can grow up to eight feet in length and weigh up to 200 pounds – weighed less than half a pound each and were around 12 inches long at birth.
It was the first time in Texas’ Fort Worth Zoo’s 108 year history that Komodo dragons have hatched there.
The female reptile – listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature – typically lays 20 to 30 eggs and the eggs incubate for about nine months.
The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard in the world but adult dragons will often eat the juveniles.
A spokesman at the zoo said: “For this reason and to ensure the eggs were kept at a constant temperature and humidity, the Fort Worth Zoo herpetological team cared for the eggs in the incubation nursery housed inside the Zoo’s Museum of Living Art (MOLA) until they hatched.
“The young parents have now introduced an entirely new bloodline of healthy, genetically diverse Komodo dragons into the population, which contributes as a hedge against extinction of these vulnerable reptiles.”