What they look like
The world’s largest, and heaviest, lizards. Komodo dragons have grey brownish scales that provide camouflage in their surroundings. Juveniles are more colourful starting off life as with red and yellow bands. Komodo dragons have bowed legs, a large muscular tail, rounded snout and forked yellow tongue. They have sharp serrated teeth and powerful limbs able to propel them in quick bursts of up to 11 miles per hour.
If the dragon’s prey escapes after being bitten, deadly infections from the bacteria living in the dragon's razor sharp teeth kill the victim within a week. The dragon then tracks by smell to feed on the dead flesh - eating up to 80% of its body weight in just one feeding.
What they eat
Live prey and carrion including reptiles, birds, eggs, mammals, baby dragons and even occasional people
Arid forest and savannah
Where they live
Found mainly on the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rintja, Padar, and Flores
Limited habitat and illegal hunting for trophies, skins and feet