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Komodo Dragon

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is a venomous species of lizard and the largest living species of lizard.

Life cycle: A female lays twenty to forty eggs, and the incubation period lasts for eight months.

Conservation status: There are approximately 5,000 Komodo dragons in the world; it is considered a threatened species and is protected by the Indonesian government because only 350 of these 5,000 animals are breeding females.

Fun Facts: Komodo dragons are lethal predators, because of the potency of the bacteria in their mouths. The Komodo dragon's huge tail is capable of delivering a deadly blow to an opponent.

Size: Adult males average 8.5 feet and weigh between 175 and 200 pounds. Adult females average 7.5 feet and weigh between 150 and 160 pounds. However, there have been cases of Komodo dragons over 10 feet long and weighing 300 pounds.

Life Span: The average lifespan of the Komodo dragon in the wild is 30 or more years.

Diet: The Komodo dragon preys on pigs, goats, deer, young buffalo, and even horses. Young Komodo dragons eat rats, mice, and birds.

Range: Indonesia, in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Rinca, Komodo, Flores, and the smaller islands of Gili, Montang, and Padar.