Komodo Dragon By Jesse Lynd

Varanus Komodoensis

The Komodo Dragon Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands for millions of years.

They will eat almost anything, including carrion, deer, pigs, smaller dragons, and even large water buffalo and humans.

The Komodo Dragon Reaches to 10 feet in length and more than 300 pounds, Komodo dragons are the heaviest lizards on Earth. They have long, flat heads with rounded snouts, scaly skin, bowed legs, and huge, muscular tails.

Komodo dragons are generally solitary outside of mating season. Males maintain and defend a territory and patrol up to 1.2 miles per day. Komodo dragons mate between May and August and females lay about 30 eggs each in September.

Their sense of smell is their primary food detector, however. Komodo dragons, like snakes, use their forked tongues to sample the air, and then touch the tongue to the roof of their mouth, where special organs analyze the airborne molecules. If the left tongue tip has more concentrated "smell," the dragon knows that their prey is approaching from the left.

Komodo Dragons have no predators, they are the strongest, most powerful animals on their islands, the only thing that can kill them is themselves.


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