The Komodo dragon, also known as the Komodo monitor, is a large lizard species native to a few small islands in Indonesia. They are the largest living species of lizard and can grow up to 10 feet in length.
Komodo dragons are carnivorous and prey on animals such as deer, pigs, and even water buffalo.
They are also known to scavenge on dead animals and attack humans.
Komodo dragons have a venomous bite used to kill or incapacitate their prey.
They are able to swallow large prey whole, thanks to their flexible lower jaw and expandable stomach.
They are excellent swimmers and have been known to travel between islands.
Komodo dragons have a complex social hierarchy, with dominant males defending territories and mating with females.
They are solitary animals but will congregate at carrion or during mating season.
They are considered to be a vulnerable species and are protected by law in Indonesia.
The population is estimated to be around 5,700, with the majority living in Komodo National Park.
They have a relatively long lifespan for a lizard, living up to 30 years in the wild.