[WORLDKINGS] The Constant World Records Seeking Journey (P.128) Komodo dargon - The World’s largest extant species of lizard

17-04-2021

(Worldkings.org) In the wild, adult Komodo dragons usually weigh around 70kg, although captive specimens often weigh more. An average adult male will weigh 79 to 91 kg and measure 2.59m, while an average female will weigh 68 to 73 kg and measure 2.2 m.On April 17, 2021, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Komodo dargon as “The World’s largest extant species of lizard”.

Based on the world record nomination from Asia Records Institute (ASRI) and Decision No. WK/USA.INDIA/682/2021/No.138, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Komodo dargon as The World’s largest extant species of lizard on April 17, 2021.

 

 

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is a species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang. The Komodo dragon prefers hot and dry places, and typically lives in dry, open grassland, savanna, and tropical forest at low elevations. As an ectotherm, it is most active in the day, although it exhibits some nocturnal activity.

In the wild, adult Komodo dragons usually weigh around 70kg, although captive specimens often weigh more. An average adult male will weigh 79 to 91 kg and measure 2.59m, while an average female will weigh 68 to 73 kg and measure 2.2 m. The largest verified wild specimen was 3.13m long and weighed 166 kg, including its undigested food.

 

 

The Komodo dragon has a tail as long as its body, as well as about 60 frequently replaced, serrated teeth that can measure up to 2.5 cm in length. Komodo dragon skin is reinforced by armoured scales, which contain tiny bones called osteoderms that function as a sort of natural chain-mail. Additionally, these osteoderms become more extensive and variable in shape as the Komodo dragon ages, ossifying more extensively as the lizard grows. These osteoderms are absent in hatchlings and juveniles, indicating that the natural armor develops as a product of age and competition between adults for protection in intraspecific combat over food and mates.

 

 

Komodo dragons are carnivores. Komodo dragons eat by tearing large chunks of flesh and swallowing them whole while holding the carcass down with their forelegs. The Komodo dragon's diet is wide-ranging, and includes invertebrates, other reptiles (including smaller Komodo dragons), monkey, bird, etc. Young Komodos will eat insects, eggs, geckos, and small mammals, while adults prefer to hunt large mammals.

According to en.wikipedia


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