Komodo dragon

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Komodo dragon:

see monitormonitor,
any of various, mostly tropical lizards. A monitor lizard has a heavy body, long head and neck, long tail that comes to a whiplike end, and strong legs with sharp claws. Its slender, forked tongue is protrusible. Monitors range in size from the 8-in.
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Komodo Dragon


(Komodo lizard, giant monitor), Varanus komodoensis, the largest representative of the genus Varanus and of all extant lizards.

The largest of the Komodo dragons are more than 3 m long and weigh as much as 150 kg (according to the latest data). The species is found on the islands of Komodo, Rintja, Pantar, and Flores. It digs burrows up to 5 m deep, and it swims well. It feeds on wild boars, goats, deer, monkeys, dogs, and carrion. Instances of attacks on humans are known. In May the female lays up to 25 eggs in the burrow, each egg weighing about 200 g. The incubation period is 8–8.5 months. The hatched young are as long as 30 cm.


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Komodo dragon

[kə′mō·dō ′drag·ən]
(vertebrate zoology)
Varanus komodoensis. A predatory reptile of the family Varanidae found only on the island of Komodo; it is the largest living lizard and may grow to 10 feet (3 meters).
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