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AQUARIUM staff are delighted after a Chinese water dragon laid 26 eggs.

The lizard was part of a group of reptiles rescued from a Welsh wildlife attraction which closed down last year and rehomed at Blue Reef in Southsea.

The eggs have been moved to an incubator where they are being monitored by staff.

‘It’s fantastic news that one of the water dragons has laid so many eggs so soon after arriving,’ said Blue Reef’s Lindsay Holloway.

‘We’re not sure if the eggs will be viable or not but we wanted to give them every chance and took the decision to remove them from the nest and put them into the incubator where they are safe from the other dragons and accidental damage,’ he added.

Chinese dragons come from forests of India and China.