When Scatha, one of San Antonio Zoo’s resident Komodo Dragons, died back in December 2013 in a tragic fire, she left behind eight unhatched eggs. On April 4, one of those eggs hatched: meet Phoenix, the San Antonio Zoo’s the newest male komodo dragon.
According to San Antonio Express-News, Phoenix weighs 114 grams and is almost 47 centimeters long. Not a big fella yet, considering Komodo Dragons can reach up to 10 feet long and 300 pounds. Though their diet consists of anything from deer, buffalo, carrion, Phoenix isn’t scarfing down anything like that yet. Being only 14 days old, he’s only just eaten his first mouse.
Phoenix currently resides in an enclosure separate from the other reptiles, but he won’t be joined by any siblings. According to the San Antonio Zoo, the other eggs were not fertile.
He's an only child.
In the future, Phoenix may join McCloud, the adult Komodo dragon the San Antonio Zoo has on exhibit. But that day is still a long way off, and depends on several factors for them to become friends.In the meantime, what does a baby Komodo dragon do with its time? The San Antonio Zoo tells us that he is much like any newborn, he spends his days eating, sleeping, and pooping.
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