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Twenty astounding facts about the Komodo dragon

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These fierce creatures are on the vulnerable list of at risk species.

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When the Komodo Dragon hunts it uses its tongue to taste the air. Report Abuse
Much like snakes they don't have a sense of smell they use there tongues to taste their surroundings.
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Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world. Report Abuse
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Komodo dragons can eat up to five pounds of food in one minute. Report Abuse
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Komodo dragons can run up to 15 miles per hour. Report Abuse
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Komodo dragons can live to be 30 years old. Report Abuse
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Nearly 100 Komodo dragons have hatched in zoos around the world. Report Abuse
Scientists are finding new ways to increase their numbers.
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Komodo National Park was started in 1980 in Indonesia. Report Abuse
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Komodo dragons do not make good pets. Report Abuse
Poachers also catch them and sell them for pets. Many of the dragons die after being captured.
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Komodos are often poached for their skin and organs. Report Abuse
It is believed their body parts are beneficial in curing some diseases.
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Komodos cause problems for the fishermen of Komodo Island. Report Abuse
Fishermen leave their fish to dry in the sun and the dragons eat the drying fish.
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Komodo's are patient hunters. Report Abuse
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The baby dragons live in trees until they are large enough to hunt. Report Abuse
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Komodo dragons are good climbers. Report Abuse
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It takes eight months for a Komodo dragon egg to hatch. Report Abuse
Because it takes so long the eggs are vulnerable to predators.
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They eat sea birds and dead fish Report Abuse
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Komodo Dragons are good swimmers Report Abuse
They swim from island to island finding food.
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The largest Komodo Dragon found was over 11 feet long. Report Abuse
They are scary looking, fierce and have sharp claws.
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Komodos belong to a group of reptiles called Monitor Lizards Report Abuse
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Scientists believe there are only 5,000 Komodo dragons left in the world. Report Abuse
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Komodos have deadly bacteria in their mouths. Report Abuse
This bacteria is lethal to every animal the dragon comes in contact with.
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They get their name from Komodo Island where they live. Report Abuse
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