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Transcript of Komodo Dragon
-"Komodo Dragon." National Geographic. Internet, n.d. Web. 02 May 2013.
-"Komodo Island | About Komodo National Park." Komodo Island | About Komodo National Park. Komodo National Park, n.d. Web. 02 May 2013.
-"Komodo Dragon." (Varanus Komodoensis). A-Z Animals, n.d. Web. 02 May 2013. The komodo dragon lives on the islands of Komodo, Flores, Padar, and some of the Lesser Sunda islands in Indonesia. Some dragons, also live in zoos. -How they hunt: They use their tongue to smell & sense chemicals in the air. Once they find their prey, they rely on patience and camoflague. Then, when the prey passes by, they spring onto them. They can also use their deadly venom in their saliva
-Breeding and Hatchlings: Komodo Dragons breed between the months of May and August. Each female lay around 30 eggs in September. They are so small and have little defense against predators. They are less than 3.5 oz and are only 6 inches long. They hide in trees most of the first years to avoid predators. The Komodo Dragon doesn't necessarily have competition, but it does have organisms that can kill them. Komodo Dragons can't kill each other, but they can hurt one another. Humans are the biggest danger to these creatures. In fact, these dragons are endangered species. Kingdom: Animalia
Species: Varanus komodoensis Citations Komodo Dragon Food Sources These creature can and might eat just about anything. They can eat deer, goats, pigs, dogs, and sometimes humans. They often turn on and attack one another. Adaptations Some adaptations that help them survive are:
-Its size and power ( largest and most powerful living lizard)
-Sense of smell
-60 extremely sharp teeth
-Deadly venom saliva
-Can consume large amount of food Physical Structure -Can grow up to a length of 10 ft
-Can weigh more than 300 lbs
-Has a long, flat head
-Huge, muscular tail (Varanus komodoensis) Related Species -Bearded Dragon
-Lizard Growth and Development Komodo Dragons breed between the months of May and August. Each female lay around 30 eggs in September. The developing creatures stay in the eggs for 8-9 months. They are so small and have little defense against predators when they hatch. They are less than 3.5 oz and are only 6 inches long. They hide in trees most of the first years to avoid predators. Komodo Dragons can live to be 25-40 years of age. They are sexually mature by the age of 5. Picture Citations -Garnett, Kevin. Komodo Dragon. N.d. Photograph. National GeographicWeb. 2 May 2013. <http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/komodo-dragon/>.
-Indonesia. N.d. Map. CDCWeb. 2 May 2013. <http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/images/map-indonesia.png>.
-Komodo Dragon Eating Wild Buffalo . 2008. Photograph. DreamstimeWeb. 2 May 2013. <http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-komodo-dragons-eating-wild-buffalo-image5913904>.
-A Komodo dragon runs on Komodo Island, Indonesia.. N.d. Photograph. How Stuff WorksWeb. 2 May 2013. <http://science.howstuffworks.com/zoology/reptiles-amphibians/komodo-bite1.htm>.
-Ostrosky, Christian. Komodo Dragon: Tail Detail. 2011. Photograph. n.p. Web. 2 May 2013. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/ostrosky/6379443835/>.
-A Komodo dragon walks into a ranger station. 2010. Photograph. Doubtful NewsWeb. 2 May 2013. <http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/02/a-komodo-dragon-walks-into-a-ranger-station/>.
-Komodo dragon attacks terrorize villages. 2009. Photograph. NBC News, Rinca Island, Indonesia. Web. 2 May 2013. <http://www.nbcnews.com/id/30913500/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/komodo-dragon-attacks-terrorize-villages/