It seems to be baby time at Reptilia right now, and not just any old babies either! Earlier last week on January 1st we said hello to 14 baby green anacondas! For those of you who don't know, green anaconda's give live birth! They're also the heaviest snake species in the world, growing to 550 pounds! (227kg)
"Anacondas live in swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams, mainly in the tropical rain forests of the Amazon and Orinoco basins. They are cumbersome on land, but stealthy and sleek in the water. Their eyes and nasal openings are on top of their heads, allowing them to lay in wait for prey while remaining nearly completely submerged." (http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/green-anaconda/)
Here's a photo of one of the little babies!
"Baby snakes are about 2 feet (0.6 meters) long when they are born and are almost immediately able to swim and hunt. Their lifespan in the wild is about ten years."
If that wasn't exciting enough, on Sunday our Monkey Tailed Skink also gave birth! Again, these lizards give live birth, and this time the mother and all the colony are fiercely protective of the little baby! Here's a photo of the mother (top right) watching her little baby (Bottom left) explore his new home. :D
The Monkey Tailed Skink (Also known as the Solomon Islands Skink) is an arboreal species of Skink native to the Solomon Islands.
It "is completely herbivorous, eating many different fruits and vegetables. It is one of the few species of reptile known to function within a social group or "circulus". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Islands_skink)
I'll try and keep you updated as they grow older! :D