Aug 13 2014

Komodo Dragon Facts

The Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard in the world. A dangerous and deadly predator, one bite is all it takes to kill it’s prey.

Meet the Deadly Komodo Dragon

Growing up to 10 ft, weighing up to 150 lbs an can live up to 30 years. You will find this member of the monitor lizard family on the Indonesian Islands of Komodo, Rinca, flores, Gilimotang and Padar.

Their size in the past has been attributed to island gigantism, because there are no other carnivorous animals on the islands where they live allowing them to dominate the ecosystem.

komodo-facts-dragonTheir primary diet consists of deer, but the dragon has been known to hunt a variety of invertebrates, birds and mammals and have been reported to attack humans

Mating for these magnificent beasts begins between may and Augusts with the female laying her eggs in September.

The female komodo dragon digs a nesting hole where she deposits about 20 eggs which incubate for seven to eight months and hatch in April.

Cannabilistic adults can prey on younger komodo dragons, so they dwell in trees to keep them safe from them and other predators.

While the saliva has septic pathogens, in 2009 researchers using MRI discovered the presence of two venom glands in the lower jaw of a terminally ill specimen They are considered a vulnerable species with approximately 4 to 5,000 living in the wild.

In 1980, the Komodo National Park was founded to protect the the dragon populations of Komodo, Rinca and Padar which a previous population had become extinct due to poaching.



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