Oct 15, 2010 8:37 AM by Associated Press

Denver Zoo hatches dragons in time for Halloween

The Denver Zoo is hatching dragons - Komodo dragons.

The zoo said Thursday that four have hatched and four are still in the incubator.

Denver Zoo Curator of Reptiles and Fishes Rick Haeffner says the zoo is only the second one in North America to hatch the dragons this year and the only one in the world to hatch them on three different occasions. The four should be on display in the nursery soon.

Komodo dragons are the world's largest species of lizard and can grow to be 10 feet long and more than 250 pounds. They have a vicious bite and have about 60 razor-sharp, serrated teeth up to 1 inch long.

Komodo dragons are classified as endangered. There are between 3,000 and 5,000 left in the wild.


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