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Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the largest lizard in the world. There are only an estimated 1,000 to 5,000 of these monitor lizards living today. Reaching lengths of up to 3 m or more, and weighing up to 126 kg, these reptiles are swift runners and climbers with great appetites for deer and wild boar. 

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is a species of lizard that inhabits the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, A member of the monitor lizard family (Varanidae), it is the largest living species of lizard. Their unusual size is attributed to island gigantism, since there are no other carnivorous animals to fill the niche on the islands where they live, and also to the Komodo dragon's low metabolic rate. As a result of their size, these lizards, along with symbiotic bacteria, dominate the ecosystems in which they live. Although Komodo dragons eat mostly carrion, they will also hunt and ambush prey including invertebrates, birds, and mammals.

Komodo dragons were first documented by Europeans in 1910, when rumors of a "land crocodile" reached Lieutenant van Steyn van Hensbroek of the Dutch colonial administration. Widespread notoriety came after 1912, when Peter Ouwens, the director of the Zoological Museum at Bogor, Java, published a paper on the topic after receiving a photo and a skin from the lieutenant, as well as two other specimens from a collector. Later, the Komodo dragon was the driving factor for an expedition to Komodo Island by W. Douglas Burden in 1926. 

Mating begins between May and August, and the eggs are laid in September. About twenty eggs are deposited in abandoned megapode nests and 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 around three to five years to mature, and may live as long as fifty years. They are among the rare vertebrates capable of parthenogenesis, in which females may lay viable eggs if males are absent.

In order to protect the dragon, the Indonesian government has made the islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar into National Park for both the lizard and its prey. Komodo Dragon also can be traced in the coastal area of Riung on the island of Flores. The area now become Nature Conservation Park which includes the seventeen islands off shore of Riung.

The uniqueness of Komodo lures people from around the world. In turn it drives the economy in the region, as more and more people visit the area to have a closer look into the natural life of the Komodo Dragons in it�s natiral habitat. Luckily God gave the best things into the habitat of Komodo Dragons, white sand beaches, crystal clear water and superb underwater ecosystem. It gives complete experiences for the visitors. Get themselves refereshed and relaxed after the trek on the dry and hot land programs.
 
 
 
 
 

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