Thursday, March 13, 2008


This Asian water dragon at the Reptile House died on Monday. She was ancient, 19 years old, probably close to the maximum possible lifespan. We all thought she was sweet, because she was kind of blind and helpless and we had to hand-feed her earthworms behind the back of her former regular keeper who we didn't think spoiled her adequately.

No, she didn't have a name. That's something mammal people do. In fact reptile keepers often don't even use the English species name, but the Latin name instead. Sentimental fools.

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