Komodo Dragon

Komodo dragons are the world’s largest lizard; male Komodo dragons can grow up to 10 feet and weigh 170 pounds. They live to be up to 25 years old. Dragon habitat includes tropical savannah and forest. They are only found on a few islands in the Pacific, and they are endangered due to limited habitat. It is estimated that there are only about 3000 to 5000 dragons remaining in the wild.

  • Scientific Name: Varanus komodoensis
  • Range: Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia–Islands of Komodo, Rintja, Flores, Gili Motang, and Gili Dasami
  • Status in the Wild: Endangered
  • Location in the Zoo: Reptiles and Amphibians Building
  • Cool Animal Fact: Adults are ground-dwelling due to their size, but juveniles live in trees, feeding on insects and other small creatures for the first four to five years of their lives.