Category Archives: Komodo National Park
The Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, is the world’s largest lizard, sometimes growing up to 10 feet long (3 meters) and exceeding 150 pounds (70 kilograms). Powerful as this creature seems, it has met its match in man’s depredation. Ciofi’s research stands to boost the species’ population in the wild and in the world’s zoos. […]
Many people are surprised to find out that world-famous Komodo National Park is comprised of more than just Komodo Island. In fact, Rinca Island, the second largest island in the park, actually has more dragons than Komodo Island. However, visitors to Rinca Island can also see other wild animals, such as water buffalo, wild boar, […]
The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is a species of lizard that inhabits the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang in Indonesia. A member of the monitor lizard family (Varanidae), it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 ft) and weighing around 70 kilograms (150 lb). Their unusual size is attributed to island gigantism, since there are no other carnivorous animals to fill the niche on the islands where they live, and also to the Komodo dragon’s low metabolic rate. As a result of their size, these lizards dominate the ecosystems in which they live. Although Komodo dragons eat mostly carrion, they will also hunt and ambush prey including invertebrates, birds, and mammals.