Komodo Dragons Facts and Information
Komodo Dragon Facts – AKA the Komodo Monitor
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Here, in Indonesia, the islands of Rinca, Gili Motang, Komodo and Flores you will find the largest living lizard species, the Komodo Dragon, or commonly called the Komodo monitor. This giant reptile averages up to three meters (almost ten feet), and seventy kilograms (about one hundred and fifty pounds). It is suspected that this giant lizard comes from a form of island gigantism, due to the lack of other animals, that are meat eaters, on the islands in which they reside.
Due to the size of the Komodo Dragon, they rule the ecosystem in which they live. They are natural predators, and they stalk and ambush their prey, which includes: birds, invertebrates and mammals. Komodo Dragons will hunt and survive in groups, and are exceptional at it. Some interesting Komodo Dragon facts include: the dragons food of choice is deer, although you will find that they do like carrion as well; they mate between the months of May and August, and incubate their eggs for seven to eight months and generally hatch in April; the Komodo Dragons lives for approximately thirty years, and reach maturity at about eight years of age.
Komodo Dragons are endangered animals, and are currently on the vulnerable list. The Komodo Dragon was first found in 1910, by Western scientists. The Komodo Dragon actually originated in Australia, according to fossil studies, and was said to begin differentiating from Australia about four million years ago.
The Komodo Dragon has a tail that is as long as it’s body, which the animal will use for defense if confronted. They also have roughly sixty teeth that are continuously replaced, and a mouth full of living bacteria. Studies show that a bite from a Komodo Dragon, will almost instantly become infected, and can pose a very serious problem, which can be far worse than the actual bite itself. The Komodo Dragon has relatively poor hearing, and almost no night vision at all. Although the Komodo Dragon can see at a pretty long distance of about three hundred meters (almost one thousand feet). It is also believed that they can see in color.
Where do Komodo Dragons Live?
Komodo Dragons are only found on the islands of Komodo and Rinca in Indonesia. These islands are part of the Komodo National Park – located about 500km (300 miles) East of Bali. There is a small population (120) of Komodo Dragons that live in a sanctuary on the Islands of Flores, directly adjacent to Rinca.
The Komodo National Park is located just below the equator. It is also in the heart of Indonesia. It is assumed by many people that the park is wet and tropical. However, Komodo and Rinca are dry savannah-like climates. Komodo Dragons – these giant lizards prefer dry and hot places, and live in savannas, open dry grasslands and tropical rainforests, as long as they are at lower elevations. They usually dig holes for shelter. These animals hunt in the afternoon, and seek shade in the hottest times during the day. They will use overhangs and ridges, for sun shelter and to ambush their prey. The Komodo Dragon can stand on its back legs, using it’s tail for support, in order to reach food that is normally out of reach.
The Komodo Dragon has a keen sense of smell, and can detect a dead animal from about nine and a half kilometers (about six miles) away. With the animals smaller prey, it will swallow the prey whole. With larger prey, such as deer, the Komodo Dragon will tear away chunks and swallow them whole.
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