Nature Notes

August 11, 2010

Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis

Filed under: Animals,Hawaii — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis

Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis

The Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, lives on several islands in Indonesia and is the world’s largest lizard. In the wild it can grow to 70 kg. (150 lbs.) and 3 meters (10 ft.). Its mouth is full of many strains of virulent bacteria and its bite can infect and weaken prey animals in as little as 8 hours. although mainly a carrion eater, it will take live animals of a large size, attacking them by ambush.

The image above was taken in the Honolulu Zoo.

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  1. An interesting looking animal, apart from the head and the legs, kind of elegant. Looks like good material for a lady’s handbag – would need a dye job though. Anyway, I have seen them in documentaries – they are amazingly fast.

    Comment by Hilke Breder — August 11, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

  2. Impressive animal!

    Comment by macroinstantes — August 12, 2010 @ 4:17 am

  3. Thanks. I wouldn’t want to meet one on its own ground.

    Comment by Harold — August 15, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  4. Thanks Hilke. Yes, they are very fast for a large lizard. No wonder they are the dominant species in their habitat.

    Comment by Harold — August 15, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

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