The Komodo dragon is an amazing animal that lives in the Komodo Islands. The Komodo dragon has a bad reputation with people in a lot of different ways. First people think it is poisonous. Truth is, its saliva has 17 identifiable bacteria in it and unless treated immediately it can be fatal. It is also an animal that ambushes prey and sometimes trespassing humans. Also they are very slobbery which no one likes and with all that bacteria, it looks more like brown goop. Lastly, it is an animal that will eat its young which is why the most common pictures of babies are when they are in trees escaping from their parents or larger dragons.
- Scientific name is Varanus komodoensis
- 70 kilograms (150) lbs.
- Worlds largest lizard
- They smell with their forked tongue then stick it into a hole in the roof of their mouth which tells them which way the prey is, this hole is called the Jacobsons Organ which cats also have
- Komodo dragons can smell prey from seven miles away
- Can grow 3-7 meters long
- Catch anything from mice to the deer like bongos.
- Komodo dragons have curved teeth so that they can rip their prey open so the bacteria can get to work infecting them slowing or even killing their prey.
This picture was tooken by a team member and used with permission.