Komodo dragons make their home in the Lesser Sunda Islands that are situated along the northern and eastern coasts of Indonesia. The Lesser Sunda Islands are remote and sparsely populated. They are characterized by a harsh and unforgiving climate, which few creatures can tolerate, but serves as a perfect habitat for the large predatory Komodo dragons.
Komodo dragons are believed to have lived in the barren Sunda Islands for millions of years. They are among the oldest, largest and most ferocious lizards in the world. These unique creatures can reach full-grown lengths of over 10 feet, from snout to tail, and can weigh over 300 pounds. These lizards have long and flat heads and short, round snouts. Like most other reptiles, they have a thick layer of scaly skin and a keen sense of smell. Komodo dragons can live to be over 30 years old.
Although they are at the top of the food chain in the Sunda Islands, habitat loss and other factors have led to the designation of these lizards as endangered species. Komodo dragons have a carnivorous diet, and eat a variety of meats, including deer, pigs, water buffalo and even smaller dragons. Komodo dragons have powerful jaws that help catch prey, but they deliver a quick death with a shot of bacteria-laden venom upon making contact with skin.