Thursday, September 02, 2010

Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon, Varanus komodoensis. These guys are native to the Sunda Island Chain in Indonesia and grow to 10 feet long and 350 lbs. Females lay about twenty eggs at a time, the eggs hatching in April, when insects are most plentiful. Young Komodo dragons dwell in trees, safe from predators and adult komodos. They may live as long as fifty years.

They are monitor lizards (think Gila Monster) and will eat almost anything they can catch from insects to goats to water buffalo. Their bites contain lots of nasty bacteria; the resultant infections can be fatal, thus providing a time delayed meal for these hungry little beasties.

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