The Komodo Dragon: Endangered
BY DREW HUYNH
THE KOMODO DRAGON
- Also called the "Varanus Komodoensis"
- It can Reach up 10 feet (3 meters) in length and more than 300 pounds (136 kilograms). Komodo dragons are the heaviest lizards on Earth.
- They have long, flat heads with rounded snouts, scaly skin, bowed legs, and huge, muscular tails.
- These reptiles can live up to 30 years.
- It is a dominant predator. It normally eats carcasses, deer, wild pigs, water buffalo, smaller Komodo dragons, and humans.
- It hunts its food by hiding with camouflage and waiting to ambush prey. Then, it pierces its prey with sharp teeth and claws. Infectious saliva usually kills the prey.
- a large grey/black body for camouflage when hunting,
- five talon-like claws on the the ends if its strong arms and legs to pierce prey,
- a forked tongue to smell,
- and the millions of bacteria in their mouths to finish off their wounded prey.
- The Komodo Dragons are endangered because they only live in a limited area in Indonesia, and are sometimes hunted illegally.
- Their current status is endangered, and most are kept in captivity in Komodo National Park. The ones living on Flores island roam freely.
- In the wild, they are vulnerable to illegal hunting. They also eat their own kind.
- In captivity, they are apparently secure and are taken care of, but there is still the risk of being hunted.
- Keeping them in Komodo National Park
- Laws that prohibit illegal hunting and promote protection like Save Animals from Extinction (SAFE)
- More preservation programs to support parks that care for Komodo dragons
- raise awareness
- support the groups that take care of them
- research more information about the zoos and parks that protect Komodo dragons
- to protect wildlife from illegal hunting
- non-profit organizations are supported by the Association of Zoos (AZA) to protect animals worldwide
We should do this because a lot of other animals are hunted illegally too.
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"Zoo Conservation Programs." Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.