Bearded Dragon Gender Determined Just Before Hatching!

Posted Tuesday November 20, 2018
ImageResearchers from the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have discovered that bearded dragon lizards take their time to decide whether they are male or female. ... Using a suite of techniques including scanning electron microscopy and histology, the researchers revealed that in the egg, female dragons with ovaries also completely develop the male sexual organ, called a 'hemipenis'. "Amazingly, this male structure is retained until just before the females hatch out of the egg," Ms Whiteley said. "This means that during approximately one third of the embryonic development, female bearded dragons present as half male." Read Full Story Here!