Komodo Dragons - Komodo Monitors

Endangered Species Need help !

Description

The komodo dragon is a reptile. They are short in height, and can grow up to 10 feet in length and can weigh nearly 300 pounds. The skin is colored grey, green or brown. Communication is by body language, rubbing against another komodo dragon, or hissing. Komodo dragons of equal size may "wrestle" as communication. Komodo dragons have septic pathogens in their saliva which acts like a venom and would provide a slow death for their prey.

Habitat

Komodo dragons can be found in the harsh, rocky savanna or forest or their burrow on several islands of Indonesia. The climate of this region is humid and tropical.

CRITICAL INFORMATION

- Some dragons are restricted to islands such as Flores, Gili Motang, Gili Dasami, Rinca, and Komodo.

- Komodo National Park has been one place to donate to. It was created in 1980 to help the endangered komodo monitors.

- Wae Wuul and Wolo Tado Reserves opened on Flores, Indonesia to aid in the effort of saving the komodo monitor.

- Zoos around the world are learning how to take care of these marvelous lizards so they don't go extinct like the Dodo bird.

Reasons For Endangerment

Some reasons for endangerment of the komodo dragon are:

- People hunting komodo dragons

- Destruction of habitats by human activities

- Volcanic activity occur in its habitat

- Fires occur in its habitat

- Subsequent loss of prey from humans hunting its prey

- Habitat alteration by farming and building towns

- Tourism

Adaptations

  • Skin color- The skin color helps the komodo hide from its prey so the komodo can surprise its prey.
  • Thick tough skin- The skin protects the body from the harsh environment and from the rocks and other grit in the habitat.
  • Large Claws- Their claws are great for hunting and battling, and also serve as a mechanism for protection from other dragons.
  • Speed- Komodo monitors are fast so that they can chase prey. It is good to be fast to escape easily from predators and other dragons.
  • Size- They are short and long. This is an advantage because they can run fast but can also hunt large prey.
  • Strength- The komodo dragon is strong,. They use their strength in battle and in hunting. Their strong jaws are used to hunt and kill prey as well as defending against another komodo attacking.

Food Chain- Who eats and hunts the komodo ?

Snakes eat komodos, and so do wild cats, dogs, birds, and other komodos. Humans hunt the komodo dragons sometimes. The komodo dragons are carnivores and eat pigs, cows or goats on farms; small deer or water buffalo by a stream; small or injured people in a town; plus carrion or other komodos. They are often fed frozen rats in the zoo.

Works Cited

Glaser, Jason. Komodo Dragons. Mankato, MN: Capstone, 2006. Print.
"Komodo Dragon." Komodo Dragon. Web. 12 Apr. 2012. <http://www.honoluluzoo.org/komodo_dragon.htm>.

"Komodo Dragon." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 20 May 2012. Web. 12 Apr. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon>.

Komodo National Park. Web. 12 Apr. 2012. <http://www.komodonationalpark.com/>.

O'Donnell, Kerri. Komodo Dragons. New York: PowerKids, 2007. Print.