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Giant lizard turn-around

Posted by Miqe on November 4, 2007

There’s good news, at least on one endangered species front: for the first time the Lagartario, the giant lizard breeding and research centre in Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera, has a hundred reptiles and rising, thanks to a programme to save the almost-extinct creatures which was begun in 2001.

Last year 25 giant lizards were hatched at the Lagartario and the staff are confident they will beat that record easily this year, though counting cannot be precise because for the first time the females have been given the opportunity to lay their eggs in earth. Previously the eggs were hatched in incubators.
It is hoped the more natural method will have the effect of rebalancing the sexes: for some reason biologists at the Lagartario cannot understand on balance far more males hatch in incubator conditions than females.

From Tenerife News

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