Did you know the komodo dragon is a parthenogenic animal? (See the title.)
I didn’t. I also didn’t know it has W and Z chromosomes. Females are WZ and males are ZZ, so only male parthenogenic offspring are viable.
Charlie, a female Komodo dragon at the Chattanooga Zoo in Tennessee,
has proved to be the ultimate independent lady after successfully giving birth to three hatchlings without a male partner.
Even though Charlie and a potential mate named Kadal were placed together in hopes of breeding, the first-time mother produced the three brothers, named Onyx, Jasper and Flint, on her own through a phenomenon called parthenogenesis. It’s extremely rare among vertebrates: Only 70 backboned species can do it, which is about 0.1% of all vertebrates, according to Scientific American.
Komodo is definitely not an anagram of kodomo (child *, in Japanese). They are aggressive and hostile, even within their own species.