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Animal Spotlight: Komodo Dragon

The Komodo Dragon (scientific name Varanus komodoensis) is quite an interesting creature. For one thing, these lizards can get huge, growing up to 10 feet in length and weighing 150 lbs! Because of their gigantic size, these Dragons of the desert rule their turf. They can prey on a large variety of animals, including birds, mammals, and invertebrates. They mostly hunt deer, but can also eat carrion, and have poison glands in their lower jaw.  These beasts can have as many as 20 eggs at a given time. Their young hatch from eggs in April, when there are plenty of insects to feast on.

Animal Spotlight Komodo Dragon

They are popular in zoo exhibits because of being so massive, and were first discovered by scientists in 1910. 

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