Wallpaper Wednesdays: Fresh Hatch
A Mertens' water monitor hatched recently at the National Aquarium—an extraordinary 368 days after its egg was laid. Long incubation periods are typical of this species.
This hatchling, nicknamed Americano, is the second Mertens' water monitor born at the Aquarium in recent years. These endangered aquatic lizards are found in coastal areas and inland waterways in northern Australia.