7 October 2013

Healesville Sanctuary is being overrun with 25 Inland Bearded Dragons hatched from 25 eggs overnight.

“The average clutch is around 20 eggs, so we're delighted to have so many, and they will be shared with other zoos all around Australia,” Healesville Sanctuary’s Director Glen Holland said. “Mum and Dad play no part in raising them as they are independent from birth. We already have them on display in our Reptile House and our visitors are loving that there is something new to see, especially during spring when we have so many babies in our collection.”

Keepers kept the room temperature at 29 degrees and the eggs all hatched on day 51 (the average is around 60 days).

Bearded dragons are omnivores and keepers are already feeding them maggots and baby crickets. Although not endangered, their biggest threat in the wild is feral animals such as foxes and cats.

Healesville Sanctuary is open every day of the year. Visit  www.zoo.org.au to plan your visit today!

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