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Komodo dragon

Komodo dragonKomodo dragon The Komodo dragon, a member of the monitor family, is the largest lizard in the world. It lives only on Komodo and a few other islands in Indonesia. It mostly feeds on carrion, but will also ambush live prey. A solitary hunter, this giant, 3-metre (10-foot) reptile has long, jagged teeth which it uses to grab its prey of wild pigs, deer and goats and shake them to death. The dragon can open its jaws wide enough to swallow some smaller prey whole.


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Fighting males

May is the start of the Komodo dragon’s mating season. Males compete with each other over females and often fight to display their strength and dominance. Fighting males grasp each other and stand on their hind legs, struggling to push their rivals over. Fights sometimes result in severe injury or even death.
 

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Mating

Komodo dragons are usually solitary animals, but males and females sometimes encounter one another when they are feeding. A courting male will follow a female for days, rubbing his chin against her and licking her back until she lets him mate with her.

 

Eggs

The Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard.

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