The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), also known as the Komodo monitor, is a large species of lizard found in the Komodo National Park - East Nusa Tenggara ( NTT ). The Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 meters (10 ft) and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms.
The Komodo dragon, with its unusual large size, possesses an imperceptible, patient . In the wild, they ambush prey, usually intentionally a weak or injured one. After observing and following the victim for a while-, sometimes up to several days- , the Komodo dragons devour the prey. One bite is mostly enough to kill the pray – the Komodo dragons are known for their venomous bite.
The Komodo dragons can swim in the open sea and are actually very good swimmers. Inside the Komodo National Park they swim from one island to the others. The island hopping acts as a way of hunting for prey and during the mating season for reproduction. However it is very rare to see them swimming in the open sea.
Besides the beauty of the reptile itself, the Komodo dragon’s habitat – the Komodo National Park – also consists of breathtaking landscapes such as savannas, rain forests, white beaches, beautiful coral reef, and the clean blue sea . In this area, you can also find other animals like horses, wild buffalos, deer, wild boars, snakes, monkeys, and various types of birds.
The Komodo National Park has a rich and amazing underwater sea world. Divers claim that Komodo waters are one of the best dive sites in the world. It has a fascinating underwater scenery. You can find 385 species of beautiful corals, mangrove forests, and seaweeds that provide a home for thousands of fish species, 70 types of sponges, 10 types of dolphins, 6 types of whales, green turtles and various types of sharks and stingrays.
Do you want to take the chance to spot these unique giant lizards in their natural habitat? You can reach the Komodo National Park by a flight to Bali / Jakarta and by another flight to Labuan Bajo (Flores) and finally a boat will bring you to the Komodo dragon's island.