Komodo Dragon

(Varanus komodoensis)


Facts

Komodo Dragon IUCN VULNERABLE (VU)

 

Facts about this animal

The Komodo Dragon can grow up to a total length of about 3 m. In large adults the dorsal surface is uniformly brown or greyish-brown. The chest bars are light grey to absent. The belly is grey with faint speckling and it has a yellow tongue. The scales on the head are round, large and slightly raised. The scales of the tail and the body are strongly, the scales of the ventral part feebly keeled. The tail is about the same length as the head and the body and compressed.

Did you know?
that the Komodo dragons, or "land crocodile" as they are called by locals, are the largest living lizards? The largest male ever recorded reached a length of 3.13 m and weighed 166 kg. This may,however, have included a substantial amount of undigested food.


 

Factsheet
Class REPTILIA
Order SQUAMATA
Suborder SAURIA (AUTARCHOGLOSSA)
Family VARANIDAE
Name (Scientific) Varanus komodoensis
Name (English) Komodo Dragon
Name (French) Dragon de Komodo, Varan des Komodos
Name (German) Komodowaran
Name (Spanish) Varano de Komodo
Local names Indonesia: ora
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Not listed

 

 

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Distribution

 


Distribution
Range Indonesia
Habitat Tropical deciduous forest and savannah
Wild population Approx. 5'700
Zoo population 105 reported to ISIS (2005)

In the Zoo

Komodo Dragon

 

How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 41 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.

 

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Why do zoos keep this animal

With island populations of not more than 5700 animals, the Komodo dragon is a highly vulnerable species. With a view of building up a reserve population, an International Studbook has been established under the WAZA umbrella, and coordinated conservation breeding programmes are operated at the regional level by ARAZPA, AZA and EAZA.

Being the largest of all lizards, the Komodo dragon has of course also a considerable educational value.