The Komodo Dragon is the largest living land lizard. Growing to lengths of over 3 meters and weighing up to 100kg, Komodo Dragons are swift runners and swimmers. They have about 60 serrated teeth which are razor sharp. Their saliva contains poisonous bacteria which will disable prey even if initial bites do not immediately bring the animal down. The bacteria will cause infection and often wounded prey will die within 2-3 days.
The Komodo Dragon can be found on the Indonesian Islands of Komodo, Rintja, Padar, Flores, Gili, Mota and Owadi Sami. They inhabit lowland areas, and mainly open grasslands, although hatchlings will usually inhabit more forested areas and are primarily arboreal.
Komodo Dragons eat almost any kind of meat. They will scavenge for carrion or stalk animals ranging in size from small rodents to large water buffalo. Baby Komodo Dragons feed on mostly small lizards or insects. They do most of their hunting in the late morning.
In the wild, Komodo Dragons are normally solitary animals. During mating season the male Komodo Dragon will track down females via a scent. If the female is receptive the male will then press his snout up to the female's body, and flick her with his long, forked tongue. He then scratches her back with his long claws and begins to climb over the top of her in a position for mating. The female will often use the nest mound of an Orange-footed Scrub Fowl in which to bury her eggs. The babies are born multi-coloured, with speckled and banded skin. Once hatched, young Komodo Dragons are left to fend for themselves living in trees for the first part of their lives. As they grow up their colours become less vivid and most adults are a mottled brown colour with some lighter colours on their face.
Komodo Dragon Profiles
Fatboy is over 8.5 foot long and weighs over 70kg. He is currently on display near the entrance to Australia Zoo. Fatboy lives on his own and enjoys watching patrons walk by his great big enclosure.
This cheeky Komodo is very curious and is quick to check out any change to his home. And despite his big scary appearance, our Fatboy really is a big softie who loves a scratch and pat.
You can get up close with Fatboy and hang out with him on our Colossal Komodo Encounter.