|Scientific Name||Varanus komodoensis|
Komodo Dragon Description
- Komodo dragon is the largest of the lizards.
- They can also attack humans.
- Dragons might have originated in Asia as early as 40 million years ago. Scientists believe that they migrated to Australia by then.
- The dragon’s tail is as long as its body.
- Its body is protected by thick armored scales.
- The Komodo dragon has poor night vision.
- It can detect a carrion 4–9.5 km (2.5–5.9 mi) away.
- Dragons detect smell with their forked tongue.
- They can dive 4.5 m (15 ft) deep into the water.
- Komodo dragons are expert climbers.
- They prefer to stay in shade during hottest hours. Dragons hunt in the afternoon.
- Komodos are mostly carrion eaters.
Size & Weight
- TOTAL LENGTH: 2.59 m (8.5 ft)
- WEIGHT: 79 to 91 kg (174 to 201 lb)
- TEETH: 5 cm (1 in)
- TOTAL LENGTH: 29 m (7.5 ft)
- WEIGHT: 68 to 73 kg (150 to 161 lb)
- LENGTH: 5 cm
- WEIGHT: 1 grams
- LENGTH: 3.13 m (10.3 ft)
- WEIGHT: 166 kg (366 lb)
Savanna, tropical forest, dry, open grassland
Indonesian Islands (Rinca, Gili Motang, Komodo, Flores)
Birds, wild boars, deer, horses, small mammals, geckos, insects, invertebrates, reptiles, eggs
May – August
7 – 8 months
8 – 9 years
20 km/h (12 mph)