Komodo Dragon

Varanus komodoensis
Komodo dragon

Komodo dragons are mostly a terrestrial animal but are avid climbers and swimmers. Despite their size, these lizards are fierce predators as they can subdue prey several times larger than themselves. Their venom helps to kill their prey along with their serrated teeth. Unlike most animals, which leave about 25%-30% of the kill, Komodo dragons consume almost everything leaving only herbivorous contents of the stomach and intestines.

Fun Fact:

An adult Komodo dragon can eat up to 80% of its body weight in a single meal.

Conservation Rating:

Vulnerable

Natural Habitat

Tropical island forests and beaches

Range

Surabaya, Indonesia

Size

Length: 6.5 ft

Weight: 200 lbs (male), 110 lbs (female)

Lifespan

30 years in the wild

Gestation

Females will lay 10-30 soft shell eggs after an incubation period of 8-9 months

Diet Details

Deer, goats, boars, carrion, eggs and smaller Komodo dragons

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