Komodo dragons are the largest lizards on Earth and are found in the Sunda region of Indonesia. They are named for one of the islands where they are found.
The average male Komodo dragon grows to be 8 to 9 feet in length and weighs around 200 pounds, while a female grows up to 6 feet in length. Komodo dragons have the potential to grow up to a length of 10 feet and can weigh over 300 pounds.
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 pe
Because Komodo dragons are at the top of the food chain, they eat almost anything they can find, including carrion, deer, pigs and smaller Komodo dragons. They have even been known to kill and eat humans.
Baby Komodo dragons are called hatchlings. As they grow a bit older, they don't have a special name; they are just referred to as babies.
There are roughly 3,000 to 5,000 Komodo dragons left in the world, all of which live on the islands of Komodo, Gila Motang, Rinca and Flores in Indonesia, outside of the ones in captivity. This low population qualifies Komodo dragons as an endangered species.
A person cannot keep a Komodo dragon as a pet. The Komodo dragon is endangered due to poaching and destruction of its habitat. It is also dangerous.
Komodo dragons have several key adaptations, including long and sharp claws, sharp teeth and strong jaws, powerful venom and the ability to run at high speeds. Komodo dragons can grow to be quite large, but despite their size, they rely on several physical characteristics to help them survive. They
A Komodo dragon does not actually have poison. The mouth of this lizard contains deadly bacteria that eventually kill prey. The bacteria cause sepsis, or a blood infection, in animals. If the animal does not die from the Komodo dragon's initial attack, the animal succumbs from the infection.
Komodo dragons are the top predators in their range, and adults do not suffer predation by any species. Young Komodo dragons sometimes fall prey to predatory mammals, birds and other Komodo dragons. Juveniles live in trees as protection until they are large enough to defend themselves.