From the last 37 years, we have been trying to protect the planet’s largest lizards, Komodo Dragons. Komodo national park was founded in 1980 to safeguard them. Here are some of the unknown or mysterious things you must know about the Komodo Dragon:
What Are Komodo Dragons?
Komodo Dragons are the largest living species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Padar, and Flores. They can grow to a maximum length of 3 meters (10 ft) and can weigh up to 70 kilograms.
Description Of Komodo Dragons
Komodo dragon skin is reinforced by armored scales which contain bones called osteoderms. They have a long tail, flat heads with a rounded snout and snake-like forked tongue. Komodo dragons have only a single ear bone and can hear sounds in the range of 400 to 2,000 hertz. They use their tongues to detect, taste and smell rather than using the nostrils.
How Fast Are The Komodo Dragons?
At their top speed, Komodo Dragons can run at up to 11 miles an hour. Through the use of their strong claws, they can climb trees proficiently.
Are Komodo Dragons Dangerous?
Komodo Dragons have been responsible for several human fatalities. In a period between 1974 and 2012, according to the data from Komodo National Park, there were 24 reported attacks on humans, out which 5 were dead.
Source: The Sun
Discovery Of The Komodo Dragons
They were first discovered in 1910 by the Europeans. The first paper on Komodo Dragons was published by Peter Ouwens, the director of the Zoological Museum at Bogor, Java.
Where Do Komodo Dragons Live In The World?
Komodo dragons live on only five islands in southeastern Indonesia. Out of which, four are within Komodo National Park. The Komodo National Park is located in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. It was founded to protect the Komodo dragon and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. It has also been selected as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.