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Scientific Name : Varanus Komodoensis
Family: Varanidae
Length: Up to 3 m ( 10ft)
Weight: up to 165 kg ( 363 ) lbs
Distribution: Southern Indonesia

komodo dragon facts


komodo dragon facts


  • Also known as the Komodo Island Monitor , the Komodo Dragon is a large species of Lizard found naturally only in the Indonesian islands of Komodo , Rinca, Flores , Gili Motang and Padar
  • Lengths reaching up to more than 3 m , it is easily the largest living species of lizard in the reptile kingdom
  • Imagine your average household lizard, but only 10 times larger and comes with a venomous bite-that's the Komodo Dragon for you 
  • Being carnivorcus, they have over 60 sharp teeth that can measure up to 25 mm and possess blood-tinged saliva because its teeth are almost completely covered by gingival tissue that is naturally lacerated during feeding .
  • These huge lizards dominate the ecosystems in which they live with their giant size , hunting and ambushing prey including mammals ( yes , they are known to attack people ) birds and even invertebrates -making them exceptional hunters in the wild .
  • On the islands they dominate , no other carnivorous animal can fill the niche , Although rarely there are cases of human by these huge reptiles
  • They have exceptional abilities of sight with the ability to see for as far as 280 m , but because their retinas only contain cones , they are believed to have really poor night vision.
  • Komodo dragons are also known to eat a considerable amount of carrion ( decaying flesh of dead animals ) resulting in very bad oral hygiene which only contributes to how dangerous their bite can be .
  • However , recent studies by researchers suggest that although the Komodo Dragons have venom-like proteins in their mouths , they may be using them of a different function and that the result of their bite is primarily caused by the sudden shock and blood loss.
  • Their hide in reinforced with armored scales which contain tiny bones called osteoderms that function as a sort of natural chain mail .
  • However , this rugged texture makes "Komodo Dragon" skin a poor and uncomfortable source of leather to wear
  • They are definitely famous zoo attractions due to their large size and fearsome nature.
  • However Komodo Dragons are listed as vulnerable by IUCN due to many human activities
  • Its's a good thing that Komodo Dragons are protected under Indonesian law and Komodo National Park was even founded to aid protection efforts
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