REPTILE REPORT!

The Komodo Dragon

Classification:

The reptile that I have chosen is the Komodo Dragon. The scientific name for the Komodo Dragon is Varanus Komodoensis. They belong to Varanidae, a group of squamates more commoly known as the monitor lizard. Varanus lizards, or Varanidae are an ancient group of anguinomorph lizards, made up of about 50 to 60 species. Most Varanidae are monitor lizards.

Monitor lizards are strong with long tails and necks. Varanids have nine cervical vertebrae while all other lizards have eight or less. They are called Komodo Dragons because even though they don't hane wings their dragon like body makes them look like a dragon. Komogo comes from the island they originate from.

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