Komodo dragons still continue to populate the active
imaginations of many people. Although
it is far from being the fire-breathing dragon of fiction, it
does have some traits that justify the awe that people have for
their name, komodo dragons are not really dragons but
monitor lizards. The earliest ancestors of these
lizards have been around for millions of years long before
the ice age. The current origin account of the komodo dragon
states that the species came to live exclusively in its
current habitat because its access to other land masses was
cut off after the ice age and the separation of sections of
land. Fortunately for the species, their habitats did not
have any other large animal predators. The komodo dragons
therefore quickly came to occupy the top of the food
having been around for a very long time, the species was
only brought to the attention of the rest of the world in
the early 1900s. It was officially made known to the
scientific community on 1912.
species got its name from one of the Indonesian islands of
its origin, Komodo. It has however also been found to
inhabit other Indonesian islands namely, Gili Motang, Rinca,
Gili Dasami and Flores.
Dragon Size and Weight
from skin and appearance that are typical of lizards, komodo
dragons have their own unique traits. First of all, they are
generally regarded as the largest lizards on earth. Full
grown komodo dragons can easily go over six feet with others
reaching eight to ten feet. At this length, they can weigh
anywhere between 150 lbs. to 200 lbs. Komodo dragons can
grow up to this size despite being born at under two feet.
They have a keen sense of smell that compensates for their
limited hearing. They also have serrated teeth that are
perfectly suited for their meat diet and eating habits.
Komodo Dragon's Diet
dragons are meat eaters. Most of the time, they eat animals
that are already dead. They have however, also been known to
swiftly attack prey that pass along. The diet of komodo
dragons may include such animals as deer, goats, birds, pigs
and its own young among others. It eats its food by tearing
chunks of it with its serrated teeth. They swallow chunks of
food without chewing. In some cases, food may be swallowed
bodily with some komodo dragons attempting to ram the food
victim has been bitten by a komodo dragon, its life remains
in danger even if it does not die instantly. The saliva of
komodo dragons is filled with various strains of bacteria
that can cause infection. Animals that have been bitten may
die after a few days. Humans however have been known to
komodo dragons are considered a vulnerable species.
Aside from its naturally harsh environment that makes
survival challenging, human activity such as poaching has
also contributed to the decline of their population.
Conservation efforts continue to help promote the survival
of the species.