Sep 27, 2013 3:54 PM by Associated Press

2 Komodo dragons die a week apart at Phoenix Zoo

PHOENIX (AP) - Two 20-year-old Komodo dragons at the Phoenix Zoo have died, likely from age-related issues.

Zoo officials say a male dragon named Ivan died on Sept. 12 and a female Komodo named Gaia died seven days later.

The dragons were siblings and came from the same clutch of eggs.

In captivity, Komodo dragons typically live to their late teens.

Zoo officials say initial necropsy results show both succumbed to multiple age-related conditions.

The zoo still has two Komodo dragons. They were both born in January and will be moved to the Komodo dragon exhibit as they mature.

Neither has been named yet.


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