The 7 Largest Komodo Dragon

The largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, lives in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar.

The Mythical Origin

Natives and adventurers have always been fascinated by Komodo dragons. The islands' giant lizards have inspired tales of monsters and dragons that can devour their prey.   

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Historical Discoverie

After Western scientists discovered Komodo dragons in 1910, they gained worldwide attention.   

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Size and Physical Characteristic

Adult komodo dragons weigh 70–90 kg (150–200 lb) and measure 2–3 m (6.6–9.8 ft). About 2 meters is their average length.   

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The Largest Specimen

The largest ever Komodo dragons exceed these sizes. Long at 3.13 meters (10.3 feet) and heavy at 166 kilos  

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Feeding and Hunting Behavior

Apex predators like komodo dragons can opportunistically hunt water buffalo and deer.   

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Conservation Challenge

Despite their reputation for danger, poaching, habitat loss, and human encroachment threaten Komodo dragons.   

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Tourism and Cultural Impact

UNESCO World Heritage site Komodo National Park attracts millions of visitors each year to observe magnificent dragons in their natural habitat.   

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