2 INTRODUCTION Name is Komodo Dragon It is in the Monitor/Ora family It is a reptileScales protect dragonLives up to 50 years old in the wildOnly about 500 Komodo Dragons left
3 Physical Features It looks like a mini dragon Scale instead of skin Scales are bumpyEyes on the side of their headHoles on the side of their head are earsTwo small holes on the dragons snout are nostrils
4 HABITAT Komodo Island is near Indonesia Forest 22 miles long 12 miles wideOne of the biggest islands near Indonesia
5 CLIMATE and LANDFORMS 100 degrees to 110 degrees Some mountain ranges Little rain fallLots of streamsIt is covered in volcanoesIt has earthquakes sometimes
6 PREY AND PREDATOR It is a carnivore Sits and waits for its prey When prey comes they pounce on itIt eats from the sizes of a hand to buffaloThey are prey of human and other dragonsKomodo Dragons have no enemies—they have no predadores
7 BEHAVIORAL ADAPTATIONS Stick tongues out to smellSit in their burrow most of day which helps them stay coolRun up to 8 mph which helps them catch their preyWhen needing heat it sits in the sunWhen needing to cool off it sits in the shadeSleeps in its burrow so that it stays protected.
8 BABIES Hatch from eggs 10 to 27 eggs 18 monthes to hatch Egg is big as baseballSoft shell16 inches when they hatch
9 PHYSICAL ADAPTATION Baby has spots for camouflage Dark color soaks up sun so they don’t get overheatedThe long tongue helps them smell preyClaws help them grasp their preyEyes on the side of their head help them see all around
10 PHYSIOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS Small teeth helps them tear meatNo taste buds helps them eat anything even if it tastes badMucus helps swallowSpecial stomach helps them digest animals bigger than themselves.Poisonous germs kill prey quickly.
11 FUN FACT Biggest lizard Protected since 1915 Sometimes eats humans Another name is OrasRed spitMouth has poisonous germs