images links abstract
Wiki Code Copy Tips Home

Komodo dragon

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), also known as the Komodo monitor, is a species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar. A member of the monitor lizard family Varanidae, it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 metres (10 ft) in rare cases and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms (150 lb).

Their unusually large size has been attributed to island gigantism, since no other carnivorous animals fill the niche on the islands where they live. However, recent research suggests the large size of Komodo dragons may be better understood as representative of a relict population of very large varanid lizards that once lived across Indonesia and Australia, most of which, along with other megafauna, died out after the Pleistocene (as a result of human activity). Fossils very similar to V. komodoensis have been found in Australia dating to greater than 3.8 million years ago, and its body size remained stable on Flores, one of the handful of Indonesian islands where it is currently found, over the last 900,000 years, "a time marked by major faunal turnovers, extinction of the island's megafauna, and the arrival of early hominids by 880 ka [kiloannums]."

As a result of their size, these lizards dominate the ecosystems in which they live. Komodo dragons hunt and ambush prey including invertebrates, birds, and mammals. It has been claimed that they have a venomous bite; there are two glands in the lower jaw which secrete several toxic proteins. The biological significance of these proteins is disputed, but the glands have been shown to secrete an anticoagulant. Komodo dragons' group behaviour in hunting is exceptional in the reptile world. The diet of big Komodo dragons mainly consists of Timor deer, though they also eat considerable amounts of carrion. Komodo dragons also occasionally attack humans.

Mating begins between May and August, and the eggs are laid in September. About 20 eggs are deposited in abandoned megapode nests or in a self-dug nesting hole. The eggs are incubated for seven to eight months, hatching in April, when insects are most plentiful. Young Komodo dragons are vulnerable and therefore dwell in trees, safe from predators and cannibalistic adults. They take 8 to 9 years to mature, and are estimated to live up to 30 years.

Komodo dragons were first recorded by Western scientists in 1910. Their large size and fearsome reputation make them popular zoo exhibits. In the wild, their range has contracted due to human activities, and they are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. They are protected under Indonesian law, and a national park, Komodo National Park, was founded to aid protection efforts.



Source: Komodo dragon
Christopher Plummer
Naga Chaitanya
List of Michelin 3-star restaurants
Prodigy (rapper)
Will Arnett
Anno Domini
Outlander (TV series)
Jordan Fisher
Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Taboo (2017 TV series)
Grimm (TV series)
Neil Patrick Harris
Caliban (comics)
Slavery in the United States
Lucifer
Ron Perlman
Mick Jagger
Cthulhu
Scotland
2018 Winter Olympics
Wilt Chamberlain
Race and ethnicity in the United States
Yuvraj Singh
Star Trek: Discovery
Manhattan
Daniel Craig
Aluminium
Katherine Waterston
Second Hungarian Republic
Alexis Bledel
Vulva
Ready Player One
Jebel Akhdar War
Hungary
International Space Station
World Trade Center (1973–2001)
Sean Connery
Vikings (season 4)
HIV/AIDS
Annabelle (doll)
Ganges
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
UFC 216
Kiefer Sutherland
The Secret Life of Pets
French presidential election, 2017
French Montana
Secret Superstar
Cameron Monaghan
Taylor Swift
Fargo (season 3)
Peter Thiel
Anna Kendrick
George II of Great Britain
Cocaine
Easter Island
Solar System
Elizabeth Olsen
Queens of the Stone Age
Ethan Hawke
Satoshi Nakamoto
Chinese New Year
Underworld: Blood Wars
Ego the Living Planet
American Crime Story
Jennifer Love Hewitt
John Oliver
Clean Bandit
Santa Claus's reindeer
List of countries by past and future GDP (nominal) per capita
Mount Rushmore
Zack Snyder
Newcastle United F.C.
German federal election, 2017
Languages of India
Griselda Blanco
2016–17 UEFA Champions League
Colin Hanks
Jessica Henwick
Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
Tyrese Gibson
Millennials
List of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States
Dragon Ball
Banana
Abdul Latif (criminal)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962 film)
Brazil
Blood type
Guam
Reese Witherspoon
Poldark (2015 TV series)
Michael Jackson
A Wrinkle in Time
Fingering (sexual act)
Maya Angelou
Alex Jones (radio host)
Dev Patel
Vienna
Summer Phoenix
Roger Moore
Gautama Buddha
Denuvo
Richard Wagner
Russell Brand
Shanghai
The Accountant (2016 film)
Channing Tatum
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Photosynthesis
Joel Osteen
Bahrain
Restoration (Spain)
Kawhi Leonard
Sunny Leone
Mad Men
American Gods (TV series)
Suez Crisis
Gustaf Skarsgård
Bed size
Hindi
2017 Atlantic hurricane season
Varun Dhawan
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Dave Franco
Emu War
Fidel Castro
Kenneth Branagh
Eric Roberts
Shameless (season 8)
Jing Tian
NCIS: Los Angeles
Middle East
Slash (musician)
FC Bayern Munich
John Hurt
Kat Dennings
Ron Howard
Joan Cusack
Daylight saving time
List of cities proper by population
Domhnall Gleeson
Albus Dumbledore
Malta
Tilda Swinton
List of Elementary episodes
Paul Rudd
Provinces and territories of Canada
Tomi Lahren
United Kingdom
Kevin Durant
James Rodríguez
Serial killer
Bitcoin
Maddie Ziegler
Sarah Paulson
List of Presidents of India
Kelsey Grammer
Generation
The Vampire Diaries (season 8)
Cuba
Lady Jane Grey
Michael Rapaport
Morocco
Howard Stern
Stanford prison experiment
Munna Michael
UFC 210
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Rachel McAdams
La7
Lonzo Ball
Suits (season 7)
Satya Nadella
Mahershala Ali
Michael Jordan
Usain Bolt
The Blacklist (season 4)
Paul Walker
Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Bourne (film series)
Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Jurassic Park (film)
Anton Yelchin
L. Ron Hubbard
Volkswagen
Priscilla Presley
PK (film)
Ku Klux Klan
Inferno (2016 film)
Belarus
Neanderthal
Wikipedia
Penis
ASCII
Inception
History of India
Casey Affleck
Feminism
TIPS: To create new content for your website or blog...
  1. Enter the title of a Wikipedia article in the box above.
  2. Select your options using the checkboxes, or use default settings.
  3. Click the 'go' button to retrieve the article.
  4. Click the 'Copy Code' button to copy the source code of the article to your clipboard.
  5. Paste the source code into your favorite HTML editor.
  6. Edit the content to suit your needs.
  7. Publish your new content to your website or blog.
  8. IMPORTANT: Before publishing, be sure to make significant changes to avoid creating duplicate content.
buy this site
Custom Website Development