Watch a VERY excited zookeeper risk his life to help two Komodo dragons mate in Australia’s first-ever successful breeding of the huge lizards
- Zookeepers from the Australian Reptile Park have carefully introduced the mating pair
- In a vision posted to Facebook on Aug. 26, the zookeeper explained the dangers
- When the Komodos got aggressive, goalkeepers have to put their bodies on the line
- Komodo dragons secrete venom during a bite, which could potentially be fatal
“Finally the time has come, we have mating Komodo dragons.”
Those were the words of Daniel Rumsey of Australian Reptile Park, who was visibly excited when he and his team took Australian first place this week.
The reptile expert, who risked his life to pair two Komodos at the zoo on the NSW Central Coast, explained why the feat is so remarkable — and equally dangerous.
“Komodo dragons are the largest living lizard species, they are pretty much modern dragons and a bite from a Komodo dragon is one of the worst bites in the world,” he said in a video uploaded to the Australian Reptile Park’s Facebook page. .
Daniel Rumsey of the Australian Reptile Park was visibly excited when he and his team achieved the Australian scoop this week
Dragons in captivity are known to inflict serious wounds on each other, especially when mating occurs at the wrong time.
“If that happens, it’s not only bad for the Komodos, but also for the caretakers, because we might have to step in to separate the lizards, literally pull them apart – endangering our hands and arms to stop the lizards.” hurt each other.’
While Komodo dragons are commonly believed to harbor bacteria in their saliva, they actually secrete venom, similar to venomous snakes, and can kill a human within hours of a bite.
In the remarkable footage, the male dragon named Kraken is visibly eager to enter the female Komodo’s abode.
The dangerous process requires zookeepers to be willing to put their bodies on the line if the lizards become aggressive
The keepers then let him into the enclosure where the female dragon, Daenerys, waits.
When they come into contact, Kraken initially displays the defensive behavior the zookeepers were concerned about and Mr Rumsey warns everyone to take a step back.
But after a moment, the zookeepers confirm that the pair was successfully mating.
‘Quick guys, come on, it’s happening. What we’re seeing now is really positive behavior, the female is very receptive to Kraken,” Mr. Rumsey said cheerfully.
‘YES! That is it! That’s exactly what we’ve been waiting for. The time has finally come, we have mating Komodo dragons.’
A bite from a Komodo dragon can be fatal. The predator secretes venom that resembles that of poisonous snakes
While this introduction was successful, Mr. Rumsey explained how difficult it is to pair two of the huge lizards.
“No one has successfully bred Komodo dragons in this part of the world, what we hope to see is her digging out a nesting chamber and laying whatever eggs she may have with her,” he said.
“I love these Komodos with all my heart and to see this behavior is truly one of the best achievements of my career.”
In the notable images, the male dragon named Kraken is visibly excited about the female Komodo’s enclosure. to enter
Now the zookeepers have to wait to see if they have Komodo dragon pups after a long incubation period.
The world’s largest lizard has an excellent sense of smell and can grow up to three meters in length, making them efficient predators.
The Komodo dragon is listed as a vulnerable species, meaning they are at high risk of extinction in the wild.
The dragons were breeding successfully and now zookeepers in the reptile park on the Central Coast have to wait to see if they have Komodo dragon pups