Getting Closer to Komodo Dragon

November 3, 2011 No Comments »
- Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is truly the only living Dragon on earth. Komodo Dragons lives in open dry grasslands, savanna, tropical forests at low altitude, favors hot and dry places. They are active at noon, although sometimes active at night. Komodo Dragon is a solitary animal, gathering together only at meals and breed.

1. The Skin of Komodo Dragon, Male komodo skin is dark gray to brick red, while females are more green olives, and a small piece of yellow on the throat. Young komodo is more colorful, with yellow, green and white on a black background. Komodo has sensors connected to nerves that facilitate touch stimuli. And, scales around the ears, lips, chin; foot sensors have three or more stimuli.

2. The Eye of Komodo Dragon, Komodo Dragon is able to see ± 300 m and bad sight at the darkness of night. Komodo Dragon is able to distinguish colors, but not very capable of distinguishing an immovable object.

3. The Tongue of Komodo Dragon, Komodo Dragon’s tongue is yellow, which is long and branched like the letter “Y”. These animals have no sense of taste on the tongue; there are few nerve endings of taste in the back of the throat. Its tongue serves to detect the presence of carcasses for about 4 – 9.5 kilometers far.

4. The Mouth of Komodo Dragon, Due to no midriff, komodo cannot breathe water or lick water to drink (like cats). Instead, komodo dragons “scope” water with the rest of his mouth, then lift their head so that the water flows into the stomach.

5. The Nostril of Komodo Dragon, Komodo dragons’ nostrils is not a good smelling tool because they do not have the midriff.

6. The Tail of Komodo Dragon, Komodo Dragon has the same tail length with its body. And, serves as a support to stand when fighting.

7. The Teeth of Komodo Dragon, These animals have 60 sharp serrated teeth along approximately 2.5 cm and are often replaced.

8. The Saliva of Komodo Dragon, Komodo dragon’s saliva has a variety of deadly bacteria in it, more than 28 Gram-negative and 29 Gram-positive have been isolated. Komodo bite doesn’t directly kill its prey; generally the prey will die within a week due to infection. The most deadly bacteria in komodo dragon’s saliva is the bacterium Pasteurella multocida.

9. The Legs of Komodo Dragon, These large reptiles can sprint up to 20 km/h at short distances; swim very well and can dive as for 4.5 m depth. And, Komodo can stand on its hind legs while fighting.

10. The Claws of Komodo Dragon, Young komodo dragons are able to climb trees using their powerful claws. Komodo dragons utilize their claws as weapons when fighting and eating. Strong claws are also used to dig a hole as wide as 1-3 meters as a shelter.

11. The Reproduction Organs of Komodo Dragon, The copulation occurs when males enter one of its hemi-penis to the female cloaca. In addition to the normal reproductive process, a female Komodo can produce babies in the absence of males (parthenogenesis). Female komodo dragons can also store sperm (super-fecundation) for some time as the result of intercourse with a male Komodo dragon at the previous time.

12. The Ears of Komodo Dragon, Komodo dragon has no sense of hearing, despite having ears. Komodo was once considered deaf when a study found that increased noise and shouting did not result in agitation (noise) on the Komodo dragon.

Komodo Dragon is something sexy, exotic, and The Real Wonder of the World. Komodo is the only living dragon. When people in China talk about dragon, the Komodo is the only real living in this world. When people in Hollywood tell stories about Jurassic Park, Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara is the real Jurassic Park!

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