Wow. Didn't know lizzards did that also, I was under the basic assumption only anthropods did it. Happy that a species that isn't doing all that well has some shot at surviving..... Does anyone know why this hasen't been documented before in the dragons? The UK is along way from where they originate, I was thinking along the lines of climate inducing that sort of thing. Either that or no one has ever kept a female isolated long enough to figure out they were usuing parthenogenisis. Good thing humans can't....or we'd be even more overpopulated... or we would have blown the world up by now. LOL
Thanks Dave and Wade.
Apparently 2 Komodos have produced "virgin eggs" this year. One from captive raised female that has never been housed with a male. The other one was with a male a couple of years ago. Genetic testing has confirmed that the babies in both cases were parthenogenetic. The male that one of the females was housed with a couple/few years ago was also tested and it confirmed that none of his DNA was in the offspring.There is no way of proving with 100% certainty that any wild animal has not mated. There will always be doubt.
So, does anyone know if this girl was at least captive hatched? or was she in fact from the wild?