Appearance: The Komodo dragon is an enormous reptile that can grow up to 3 (meters) and can weigh up to 150 kg.They have long thick bodies, short muscular legs and almighty powerful tail with long and sharp claws their skin is covered in little scales.
Normal speed about 4.8 km but over a short distance, they run up to 14-20 mph they are also very strong swimmers, the young are excellent climbers but as they grow they lose their ability, they lift their tail when running.
Diet: The Komodo dragon prey on large animals in order to survive in the environment, if the komodo dragon fails to kill it’s prey it follow’s it for miles and the bacteria is very deadly poison the animal will eventually die off from it and has it’s victory lunch, for the young they hunt small prey, the komodo dragon can’t chew instead they rip off chunks of their prey and swallow it, aided by their flexible neck.
Habitat: Once widespread across Indonesia but now just five that lie in the komodo National Park, the islands, Rintja, Gillimontang, Padar and the western tip of flores are the last remaining homes for the komodo dragon,they are commonly found in open woodlands along a dry savannah and on scrubby hill sides, they also can be found on dried up river beds, cause of timber cutting these komodo’s are being pushed back into smaller regions.
Adaptations: The komodo dragon had adapt to powerful legs to catch prey, this adaptation is caused by fast moving prey, due to their eating pattern, based around deers, now the komodo’s have powerful legs to catch their prey ,also the komodo dragon is very territorial and aggressive to other animals and their own kind, this caused is due to the lack of food so they need to protect their territory and food.
LifeCycle: The komodo dragon roams a territory up to 2km a day they also are excellent swimmers, travelling from one island to another over a long distance. A number of komodos commonly gather around a single kill, so in order to catch large animals, the komodo’s have to sit for hours hidden in large bushes and are well camouflaged as they wait for prey, komodo’s then ambushes it’s victim, although the majority of attacks are successful if the prey manages to escape in 24 hours it die’s of from the bacteria of the komodo’s saliva.
Defence/Offence: The komodo has many parts of their body that can be used as a weapon for defence/offence. Their tail is used to whipping enemies and anything in it’s way. Their claws are used to rip its prey when they catch it and kill it. The komodo’s greatest weapon of all is their teeth, those teeth are serrated thorns on an Rosebush, the teeth’s have venomous bacteria so when they bite the prey eventually die off.
Enemies: Due to the fact that the komodo’s are the dominant predator in it’s environment, they do not have natural predators in their native habitat, for the young due to natural instincts they spend their days hiding in trees avoiding larger komodos, still the komodo’s doesn’t have enemies.