Interesting Facts About Komodo Dragons: The Largest Living Lizards In The World.

Many people think Komodo dragons are just mythical creatures, but in fact, they are the biggest lizards. With its terrifying looks, Komodo dragons are the least species that can be kept as a pet. No one wants to get spend time with these deadly animals.
There are several lizard species in the world, but the Komodo dragon is the most famous due to its massive size and distinct characteristics. Actually, many people confuse them with crocodiles because of its large structure.
You can easily identify these animals by their flat heads, long, thick tails, bowed legs and most predominantly, massive size. Komodo dragons live in four Islands only that includes Rinca, Komodo, Flores and Gili Motang. Komodo dragons have lived for a very long time (millions of years), but it’s only one century ago when Western scientists discovered them. A plane accidentally landed on the Island.
Since they were discovered in Komodo Island, Komodo dragons were named after it. The name came up after rumors spread that there was a dragon-like creature living on the Indonesian island of Komodo. Since natural disasters and human activities have significantly reduced their population in the past century, Komodo dragons are currently listed as “vulnerable.”
Komodo dragons are carnivores, meaning they depend solely on meat. They’re such aggressive hunters such that they can kill and eat large prey like a giant water buffalo, pigs, carrion, deer and even human beings! Surprisingly, they can also eat small dragons.
According to the National Geographic, Komodo dragons can eat 80% of their body weight in a single feeding. Here are some interesting facts about Komodo dragons.
1. A Komodo dragon is capable of swallowing a whole prey the size of a goat and it will take fifteen to thirty minutes to do so. At times, they will ram their prey against a tree to assist in pushing it down its throat. In some cases, the force it uses to do that is incredibly powerful to an extent the tree used falls.
2. The skin color of adult Komodo dragons can be reddish, grey or brown. Their young ones have a green body covered with yellow and black stripes.
3. During their reproductive season, the females lay fifteen to thirty eggs in the abandoned holes underground. The eggs of Komodo dragons look like balloons filled with water. To start a new life, baby lizards use “egg tooth” to break the shell. Females are always there to offer maximum parental care only until the eggs hatch.
Since adult dragons hunt young dragons, the babies always climb a tree after hatching. Here, they will be safe since adult Komodo dragons cannot climb trees. The young dragons will spend the first few years, away from these threats.
5. It is normal for Komodo dragons to fight with other dragons. Even though they bite each other when fighting, these creatures are immune to dangerous bacteria from their saliva.
6. Komodo dragons are known to hunt during the day since they have poor night vision. On top of that, Komodo dragons have the poor sense of hearing.
7. Did you know that a female Komodo dragon can have virgin births? Yes, they can fertilize their eggs without the help of a male dragon. Creation of an offspring without the assistance of opposite gender is referred to as asexual reproduction. Therefore, Komodo dragons can reproduce both sexually and asexually.
8. To protect their eggs, Komodo dragon mothers build fake nests to confuse the predators. The female will incubate the eggs for about three months. This group of eggs is referred to as a clutch.
9. Komodo dragons are cold-blooded animals. Therefore, they spend most of the time in the sun to warm their bodies. They’ll hide in burrows to prevent loss of heat during winter.
10. Like snakes, Komodo dragons also have the forked tongue. They use it to detect prey by smell. Their sensitive tongues help them identify prey that’s four miles away.
11. They are venomous animals. The venom glands in its jaw produce a variety of toxins which reduce the blood pressure of the prey and even stops blood clotting. Even if the prey manages to escape, it’ll still die.

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