Big fan of the “Game of Thrones”? Along with unicorns, dragons are among the mythical creatures that make films so fascinating and interesting. But in the real world, the science community are celebrating due to the first two hatchlings of an interesting species of salamander, which takes the unofficial title of real-life dragons.
After four long months, scientists at a Slovenian cave, so remote it’s only accessible via underground train, saw for the first time the first two newly hatched dragon-like creatures. Minus the fire-breathing ability, the atypical species of salamander, or the Proteus anguinus, possesses out-of-this-world abilities that earned these rather peculiar underworld critters the title “dragons.”
Called olms, these tiny salamanders dwell in the dark and the notoriously harsh underground environment in Slovenian caves. They are blind, but they don’t need eyes, since these tiny and slimy salamanders are equipped with ultra sensitive sense of smell and hearing.
Their smelling and hearing are so advanced they can detect electrical and magnetic fields, ABC News reported. Also, scientists believe they can outlive humans with their estimated 100-year lifespan. Plus, they can survive 10 years without food.
This special event is important in the scientific community because it usually takes around 5-10 years before olms reach their sexual maturity age. Apart from that, the survival rate of the baby dragon’s embryo is seriously low, and it has been documented that only two olms hatch per 500 eggs, BBC reported.
But fortunately, scientists at the Postojna Cave were are anticipating at least 23 hatchlings from the 64 eggs they have been monitoring since January this year. The remaining eggs will hatch in the coming weeks.
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