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In Search of Komodo Dragons

Updated: Mar 5, 2023

Day 51 of 164 Days Around The World Cruise

The Komodo dragon is a species of lizard that is native to the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang in Indonesia. It is the largest living lizard in the world, growing up to 3 meters (10 feet) in length and weighing up to 70 kilograms (154 pounds).

Komodo dragons have a distinctive appearance, with rough, scaly skin and a long, muscular tail. They have powerful legs and sharp claws, which they use to hunt their prey. Komodo dragons are carnivores and feed on a variety of prey, including deer, pigs, and water buffalo. They are also known to scavenge on carrion.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Komodo dragons is their saliva, which contains a variety of bacteria that can be deadly to their prey. When the dragon bites its prey, the bacteria in its saliva infect the wound and can cause the prey to weaken and eventually die.

Komodo dragons are also known for their unique behavior. They are solitary animals, except during the mating season, and are highly territorial. They have been known to fight fiercely over territory and mating rights.

The Komodo dragon is a protected species and is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Their habitat is threatened by habitat loss, poaching, and human development. The Indonesian government has established the Komodo National Park to protect the species and its habitat.

Visitors to Komodo National Park can observe Komodo dragons in their natural habitat, either on a guided tour or on a trek through the park. The park also offers a range of other activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and hiking.

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