Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Komodo Dragon


We went to the zoo. Africa did not. I decided that my new favorite creature was the Komodo Dragon. Am I crazy? Yes, but not as crazy as the world's largest lizard. Let me tell you why I find this species of a monitor so darn fascinating.

Their size:
They weigh around 150 pounds and are 6-9 ft in length.

Their diet:
This is where it gets crazy. You know the cute little lizards you find in pet shops munching on tiny bugs or lettuce? Not these guys. They eat mostly carrion (carcass of dead animal), but they will hunt and even ambush prey including their own kind! I was so intrigued that I came home and watched a movie about the Komodo dragons that said they are so smart that they are not only clever enough to hunt out their prey, but they are able to think ahead and memorize landmarks to efficiently get their dinner.

More amazing qualities:
  • They taste and smell by flicking out their tongue frequently and swaying their head from side to side. They can detect carrion 2- 6 miles away.
  • The Komodo dragon has this incredibly nasty saliva that has 57 different strains of bacteria in it. This saliva quickly turns into venom for it's prey if they are bitten and able to somehow get away. With their senses they will find the animals dead 3 days later from their toxic saliva.
  • The Komodo dragon is able to run up to 12 miles per hour. They can even climb trees. A visual of this fat, long, lizard running and climbing is incredibly fascinating.
So here we have a really large dinosaur-like lizard that has large claws, toxic saliva, and a craving for rotting flesh. These facts alone make me very grateful to be a human female and not a female Komodo dragon. It is no wonder parthenogenesis can occur among this critter.

And now back to our regularly scheduled program.

13 comments:

  1. A friend of our dad's always thought it was the "kimono" dragon. That must be a special lizard that only lives in Japan. Hee hee hee!
    Love,
    Ammy

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  2. Thats a nasty looking Dragon ;-)

    Wizz :-)

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  3. We will stick with our lizards. Those lizards scare us..
    Benny & Lily

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  4. Thanks fur sharing those fakhts about that khool khritter!

    I khan see why woo were intrigued!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  5. Very fascinating...I too am glad not to be a female Komodo Dragon. ;)

    Amber

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  6. Hmmm.. we recently watched a documentary on Discovery on these reptiles.. I have to admit they aren't very good looking, but I was fascinated about their toxic saliva (and since it's been said that their ancestors are dinosaurs, it's intersting how they have managed to survive!!)

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  7. That is one scary critter. We have seen TV shows about it too and hope that we never see one in person.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

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  8. As long as we never see one of those things in our yard, we can say we loved learning about them:)

    Woos, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  9. I used to always think those dragons were the coolest things, thanks for sharing the info about them.

    Denise & Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

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  10. Thanks for sharing that facts. That komodo dragon looks scary.

    Thor

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  11. WOW! That's a big guy! I have only met little ones over here and my mom called me back but I guess she did it because she feared for the lizard not for me :)
    Slobbers Teal'c

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