The scientific name for Komodo dragons is Komodoensis Varanus. This
legendary lizard has been mistaken many times to be a man eating
dragon. It is a very dangerous animal. Its diet consists of
buffalo, pigs, sheep and even the young of its own kind. When it bites,
it injects 50 types of bacteria, which can infect and kill the victim
in 24 hours. Studies show this creature is not afraid of humans.
The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard and can grow to 12 feet long. They can weigh up to 300 pounds. The skin of one of these creatures is dull brown, gray, and black with scaly bodies. Komodos shed many times. They are very strong creatures too.
In the wild, Komodo dragons are only found on the isles of Komodo and a few other small
As humans encroach upon the habitat of the
Komodo dragon, bold males wander into swamps and get hit by
visiting boats and are killed. Other reasons these amazing animals are endangered are volcanoes, earthquakes, habitat destruction and change, fire, poaching, tourism, and loss of prey. These are all different reasons that Komodo dragons are sadly becoming extinct.
Another reason they're becoming extinct is because people have captured the dragons, and then they sell them as pets or kill them for their body parts.
The Indonesian government protects Komodo dragons from poachers. Scientists are also trying to save their habitat. Fortunately, many zoos have created successful programs to breed Komodo dragons.
This is what you can do to protect them:
- Don’t buy products made of Komodo dragon skin such as purses or bags because a Komodo has been killed for it.
- Don’t buy timber or wood from the Island of Komodo because it decreases the dragons’ habitat.
- Don’t buy animal products from the Island of Komodo because it decreases the dragons’ prey.
- When you go to Komodo as a tourist, avoid harming these creatures.
- Share this information with your friends to increase awareness of this endangered animal.
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