Komodo Dragon

Scientific Name: Varanus komodoensis

Description

Komodo dragons are the world’s largest living lizards Male dragons have been known to reach lengths of 10 feet and weigh more than 200 pounds. The largest Komodo on record weighed 366 pounds.

Diet

These powerful predators dine on large prey including deer, water buffalo, wild boar, goats, and on very rare occasion humans. They are extremely efficient during consumption; whereas lions may leave 20-30% of a carcass after feeding, dragons will typically leave only 12%.

Behavior

Komodo dragons, as well as other species of monitor lizards, are highly alert, complex and diverse in their behaviors and are considered very intelligent. Captive dragons commonly demonstrate exploratory and play-like behavior and can become quite docile, allowing frequent close contact with their care givers.

Range

Found only on a few Indonesian islands, Komodo dragons have the smallest geographic range of any large terrestrial predator.

Status

Komodos are considered endangered with only about 4,000 to 5,000 left in the wild. To help protect their population and aid in conservation, Indonesia’s Komodo National Park was established in 1980.

At the Zoo

Riverbanks is currently home to a pair of Komodo dragons.

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