Dragon Eggs

March 2009

Where do dragons come from?

We observed this female Bearded Dragon laying eggs in our garden. How long will the eggs take to hatch?

Answer

Our first reply was  "Bearded Dragon eggs could take anywhere from 50 to 70 days to hatch - depending on temperature". Subsequent events have proven us wrong!

The laying of a clutch of Bearded Dragon eggs was observed and photographed by Melanie Tasker and her family on the 28th of November, 2008. The Taskers were equally fortunate to observe the hatching of these eggs on the 11th of March, 2009. This is a recorded natural incubation period of 103 days, much longer than incubation periods normally reported for artificially incubated clutches. Perhaps the nest was in a location that experienced fairly cool soil temperatures during the incubation period. 

Thank you to the Tasker family for a great series of photographs.

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