Global Eco Watch Komodo Dragons Could Become Extinct Soon (Download PDF)

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Global Eco Watch Komodo Dragons Could Become Extinct Soon

  • The Komodo dragon is the world՚s largest lizard.
  • It could become extinct in the next few decades due to climate change unless measures are taken to change the status quo.

Overview

  • A study has been conducted by University of Adelaide and University of Deakin.
  • The study used models to predict that it could become extinct on three to five island habitats where it is currently found.
  • Climate change was likely to cause a sharp decline in the availability of habitat for Komodo dragons, reducing their populations.
  • Komodo dragons are the heaviest lizards on earth.
  • They have long, flat heads with rounded snouts, scaly skin, bowed legs and huge, muscular tails.
  • They can reach up to 10 feet in length and more than 300 pounds.
  • They have thrived in the harsh climate of Indonesia՚s lesser Sunda islands for millions of years.
  • They prefer islands՚ tropical forests but can be found across the islands.
  • They can walk up to seven miles per day, but they prefer to stay close to home.
  • Komodo dragons can eat almost anything including
    • Carrion
    • Deer
    • Pigs
    • Smaller dragons
    • Large water buffaloes
  • When hunting, Komodo dragons rely on camouflage and patience.
  • The IUCN status of Komodo dragon is vulnerable.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 10, 2021

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