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22 Komodo Dragons Hatch at the L.A. Zoo

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For this first time in the L.A. Zoo's history, komodo dragons have been successfully breeded. Since August 8th, when the first one poked through its egg, 22 have seen the light of day. But not is all easy for the 14- to 20-inch hatchlings: "Komodos are cannibalistic and usually eat their young and eggs of their own species, so zoo officials say staying alive is tricky for a hatchling," explains the Associated Press.

In any case, the L.A. Zoo will not be keeping the offspring and they will not go on display, at least for a long period of time. Officials say some may be seen in the Winnick Family Children's Zoo before they leave (but the zoo will keep the two adult parents, Lima and Buru). 11 hatchlings will be sent to the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, and the others to places where there are species survival programs. Only 2,500 komodo dragons remain in the wild and they can all be found in Indonesia's Komodo National Park.

Fully grown komodo dragons can grow to be around 9 feet and 200 pounds with 60 "needle-like teeth."