Virginia Aquarium Welcomes Baby Komodo Dragons

The Virginia Aquarium is welcoming some new historic additions. Two baby Komodo dragons have hatched from a hidden nest, the first Komodo dragon birth in the aquarium’s history.

Jude, the Aquarium’s beloved Komodo dragon that passed away almost exactly one month ago, mated with Teman, the male Komodo dragon, in the fall and produced this clutch of eggs.

Of the eighteen eggs, two Komodos hatched, with several other eggs showing promising signs and now being monitored in an incubator.

The baby dragons have not been named yet, and will stay in a nursery behind the scenes. There are no plans yet for them to go on exhibit, and staff will monitor them extensively for the next few months.

(Photo courtesy of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center)
(Photo courtesy of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center)