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Komodo Dragon - Pictures of this Endemic and Endangered Monitor

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The Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, has several names. It is also called the Komodo monitor, as it is a member of the monitor lizard family, Komodo islanders call it the ora, and also buaya darat, land crocodile, and biawak raksasa, giant monitor.

Male Komodo dragons tend to grow larger and bulkier than females. But there is no obvious difference between the sexes.  Mating occurs between May and August, usually at a carrion site. Males will fight in a ritual combat to win a female, using their tails for support, they wrestle in upright stance, grabbing each other with their forelegs as they attempt to throw the opponent to the ground. After drawing blood, the loser runs away or stays lying down motionless. The winning male flicks his tongue on the female‚Äôs nose and all over her body in courtship, and when ready will mate the female by crawling onto her back.

Female Komodo dragons lay a clutch of around 30 eggs, usually in September when the hot,dry season is over. The eggs are laid in nests dug in the ground by the female, and will incubate for about nine months. Hatchlings emerge in April and weigh less than 3.5 ounces and are about 16 inches long. They often fall prey to other dragons and large predators, so hatchlings immediately after birth climb up the nearest tree to hide in the canopy where they feed on a diet of insects, small lizards, snakes, and birds, and will stay there for a year. After they descend when they are three feet long, they are not big enough to outrun an adult intent on eating them, and this is the most dangerous phase of their lives.  If they survive to five years old, they will weigh around 55 pounds and be six to seven feet long, and be feeding on a diet of rodents, monkeys, goats, wild boars, and deer. They continue a slow growth and live to be around 30 years old,  and typically reach eight feet long and weigh 200 pounds.

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Picture of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Rinca, Komodo National Park, Indonesia, Pacific, eating dead dolphin

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Stock photo of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Horseshoe Bay, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Image of remains of animals eaten by Komodo dragons, Varanus komodoensis, adult, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Photo of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Picture of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Rinca Island, Komodo Island Nat Park, Indonesia

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Stock photo of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, note highly poisonous saliva, Indonesia, Indian Ocean, Komodo National Park

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Image of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, close up of mouth, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia, Pacific

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Photo of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Komodo National Park, Indonesia, Pacific

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Picture of a captive Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Stock photo of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia, Pacific

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Image of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Horseshoe Bay, Rinca Island, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Rinco Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Picture of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Rinco Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Stock photo of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Rinca, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Photo of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, eating dead dolphin, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Picture of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Komodo National Park, Indonesia, Pacific, note tongue

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Photo of a Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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