Features of Komodo Dragon
Of the more than 5,600 species of lizards, the Komodo Dragon is the largest. It is a huge lizard, which can measure up to 10 feet long, averaging about 8 feet for females. They weigh about 150 pounds. Because of the size, and the aggressiveness of this lizard, in many cultures there are stories and legends about them.
The base color of the Komodo dragon is greyish or light brown. Those who live in the desert sand have a similar color to it, combining very well with their surroundings. In the body they have areas of black or green color.
Komodo dragons have sharp teeth in their mouths (60 of them). These teeth have been examined and experts believe they are of the same size as those of large sharks. When the teeth fall off, for various reasons, this lizard is able to grow them again, no matter how young or old that moment is.
It is believed that the Komodo dragon evolved from the great reptiles of the genus Varanus, which walked over the earth more than 200 million years ago. Many experts are curious about why this is one of only two species that produce poison.
Could they be more closely related to snakes than to other lizards?
So, a lot about the process of evolution of the Komodo Dragon remains a mystery, but there are many theories. It is believed that the Komodo dragon used to be several times larger and, over time, they might be able to adapt, and so they continued to live when the dinosaurs died out.
The Komodo Dragon is the most aggressive type of lizard in the world. Iran after other animals, as well as humans. They have incredible power because of their large size, they also have amazing speed. They can climb, which is unusual for a lizard of such size. You can find them near the bodies of water, and they will even enter the water to get their prey. Their bodies are designed to be natural swimmers.
Habitat and distribution
Komodo Dragon 2The National Park is made up of many small islands and is where this lizard lives in the wild. They are able to continue to thrive in improper conditions, whether for other creatures or for human beings. Many of them are in captivity, in zoos, because they attract large crowds.
The area where the Komodo Dragon lives must be arid for them to do well. They can live in the forest or in the open savannah and do better at temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius every day.
The area in which this lizard lives in a wild state is dry all year round, except for the monsoon season. These lizards need water to survive, and they have the ability to store water when it rains, or when they enter the water to swim. When your body gets too hot it excretes salt instead of water.
The Komodo dragon is worthy of an incredible sense of smell. Experts believe that they are able to smell up to six kilometers away if the wind blows in the right direction, this allows them to find their prey easily. The combination of speed, powerful teeth, and strong venom means that they come out, almost always, victorious when it comes to getting their prey.
Sometimes they just bite the prey and this escapes, however, the Komodo Dragon will not be far behind this, they will wait for the poison to infect the prey and kill it. When they bite and cling to the prey, they inject the poison, while feeding the prey will be alive, but it will not be able to move at all. They are able to bite big chunks of what they ingest.
Part of the ability to do this is due to its flexible neck. Whenever possible the Komodo dragon will not even go hunting for a living food, they are content to consume a variety of decaying remains, of the dead with which they stumble or who sniff.
They also consume birds, and the eggs they can find. It is not unusual for the Komodo dragon to consume other lizards as well. They are opportunistic and eat when they can, to build the layers of fat needed to survive at a time when food is scarce.
Although this lizard is considered, normally, very aggressive, this will increase as the mating season is presented. The males fight each other, biting and using their tails, until one of them gives up. When a male approaches a female, she will put her long tongue in her mouth.
This allows you to know if you are ready for mating or not. When mating occurs, the couple quickly separates and the mech will go for a new adventure.
The female will have a great responsibility, must find where to deposit up to 20 eggs. You have to find a warm place where predators are less likely to encounter them. It leaves them there alone and fate will decide if they are able to survive the incubation. The offspring, when they arrive, have to be able to find food and shelter without any direction of the mother.
Because of their size, strength and venom they produce, the Komodo Dragon has no natural predators. However, they are often trapped and killed by human beings. There is a strong hatred for this species of lizard among many of the people who live around it. No one wants to take the risk of being bitten by a Komodo dragon.
The excitement of hunting is exciting for an athlete. They often travel to remote areas for hunting this lizard. The villagers accept money in exchange for helping them to do so, and even though hunting is illegal, it continues.