Chester Zoo

These Tiny Dragons Are Even More Amazing Than Daenerys' Children

March 30, 2018
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By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

Thanks to the fascination everyone has with HBO's Game Of Thrones, these tiny creatures aren't exactly what you think of when you hear the word dragon!

A clutch of four Borneo forest dragons was just born at the U.K.'s Chester Zoo, and they’re small enough to fit on the tip of your finger!

The rare creatures are a threatened species so their birth is a cause for celebration.

Matt Cook, lead keeper of reptiles at the zoo, says "the Bell’s anglehead lizard is an elusive and little-understood species. Reliable information about them is incredibly scarce, so much so that even to reptile experts they are somewhat of a mystery.

"What we do know is that, as their name suggests, these forest dragons live in forests in South East Asia. This is a habitat which, across the region, is being completely decimated to make way for unsustainable palm oil plantations – a threat which is pushing all manner of species, big and small, to the very edge of existence. Breeding these rare lizards at the zoo allows us to increase our knowledge of the species."

Though much remains unknown about the Southeast Asian animals... we do know they’re pretty darn cute!

The recently hatched dragons are currently being cared for in a special behind-the-scenes facility at the zoo, but visitors can see their parents in its Realm of the Red Ape habitat.

To find out more, visit ChesterZoo.org.

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