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Akhil Burda

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on 10 May 2011

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Komodo dragons are the largest and heaviest lizards in the world. Komodo dragons live in tropical forests or hot grasslands in the country of Indonesia. Komodo dragons can grow up to the size of 10 feet and can weigh more than 300 pounds. Their average lifespan in the wild is 30 years. They have heads with rounded snouts and short legs and have a scaly body. Did you know that the Komodo dragon can run up to 11 miles per hour in short bursts of speed? Komodo dragons are carnivores. As the most dominant predators in its habitat, the Komodo dragon will eat almost anything. A Komodo dragon`s diet can consist of carrion, deer, pigs, and even water buffalo. They sometimes eat smaller Komodo dragons and humans as well. The Komodo dragon hunts by waiting and luanching a surprise attack. Although the Komodo dragon has poor eyesight and hearing, it has a sleek yellow tongue which it uses for detecting prey, for tasting food, and to smell. It can smell a carrion from 2.5 to 6 miles away! It relys on camouflage and patience to catch its prey. When an animal gets close enough, the Komodo dragon springs using its powerful legs. It uses its jaws to deliver deadly bites. If the animal escapes,it probably doesn't know that it has over 50 strains of bacteria in its body. It will only feel relief for a brief amount of time . It then dies within a 24 hour period leaving a carcass of meat for the Komodo dragon to feast on. Most of the times,the animals attacked by Komodo dragons die because of blood poisoning. When the victim dies, the Komodo dragon finds it by using its forked tongue which captures smells. Amazingly, it can eat 80% of its body weight in a single feeding! Komodo dragons have slow metabolism so they can survive with only 12 meals in a year! Unfortunately, there are only 3000 to 5000 Komodo dragons left in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss. luckily, they are being protected by the Indonesian law. Komodo Dragons by Akhil Chandra Komodo dragons mate in the months of May and August. They lay about 20 eggs in September. The eggs are layed on to a abandoned megapode nest, which is like a turkey, or a self dug hole. Komodo dragons incubate their eggs for 7 to 8 months. They usually hatch in the month of April, where insects are abundant. Young dragons are vulnerable so they spend most of their time in the trees aware of other predators and cannibalistic adults. They take about 8 to 9 years to mature.
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