Scientific Name: Varanus komodoensis
Colour: Grey, Brown, Cream, Grey
Life Span: 25 - 40 years
Location: Komodo National Park
Prey: Pigs, Deer, Water Buffalo
Other Name(s): Komodo Monitor
Size (L): 2m - 3.1m (6.6ft - 10.3ft)
Weight: 70kg - 150kg (150lbs - 300lbs)
Top Speed: 18kph (11mph)
Habitat: Open woodland and hillsides
Fun Fact: Only found on five Indonesian islands!
Komodo Dragon Classification and Evolution
The Komodo Dragon is a large species of lizard that is only found on a handful of islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Not known to the world until the First World War, the Komodo Dragon is actually a species of Monitor Lizard that has been evolving in island isolation for millions years, which has led to it becoming very large indeed. The Komodo Dragon is not only the largest lizard in the world, but it also one of the most aggressive and is so powerful that it is able to take prey many times it's own size. However, Komodo Dragons are also in severe danger in their natural environments as hunting and habitat loss, along with a shortage of prey, has led to population declines on the few islands where they are found in the Komodo National Park, meaning that they are now listed on the IUCN's Red List and therefore have some legal protection.