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23-year-old Komodo dragon dies at Albuquerque zoo

Updated: 09/05/2014 8:22 AM | Created: 09/05/2014 8:10 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials at the Albuquerque Biological Park say a 23-year-old Komodo dragon has died.
    
They say the aging lizard named Sid was euthanized after zoo keepers observed a sharp decline in its health and veterinary exams confirmed it.
    
BioPark officials say Sid was one of the first successful Komodo dragons to hatch in the U.S. as part of a breeding program at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
    
He arrived at the ABQ BioPark in 1993.
    
Komodo dragons are the world's largest lizards and males can grow to be 10 feet long and weigh 250 to 300 pounds.
    
Sid was about 8 feet long and was one of the oldest Komodo dragons in the country.
    
The species has an average life expectancy of 30 years.

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Photo: Courtesy ABQ BioPark

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