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Emerging from its burrow, a Komodo dragon starts out the day with a soak in the sun. Then it sets off on a hunt for food, perhaps a deer or wild pig. With its belly full, the lizard takes a break during the midday heat before the search for supper begins.

young komodo dragon side profile

Did You Know?

An Appetite to Match:The world’s largest lizard has a pretty hefty appetite, eating up to 80% of its body weight at a single meal.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Varanus komodoensis

Indonesian islands

Up to 10 ft

More than 50 yrs

Zoo Location:

Wild pigs, buffalo, deer, other animals, and carrion

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN-Vulnerable)