WILD LIFE Sydney has welcomed ten new Frill-Necked Lizard hatchlings to its Darling Harbour home, , Each Weighing Less Than a Two Cent Piece!
The clutch of hatchlings is less than two weeks old and each baby lizard weighs just five grams – lighter than the two cent piece they once featured on. The lizards were bred on site at WILD LIFE Sydney and have been thriving in their new environment.
The birth of the quintessential Aussie reptiles is a testament to WILD LIFE Sydney’s breeding procedures, with staff excited about monitoring the lizard’s growth which will eventually reach over 70 cm in length and weigh over 500 grams.
Most female Frill-Necked Lizards lay between 8-23 eggs which take about 3-4 months to hatch. Once the babies are born, mother Frill-Necked Lizards do not provide any parental care, and in fact babies are at risk of being eaten by their mother or other Frill-Necked adults. As such, the hatchlings are currently being kept in a separate enclosure.
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