Information on Komodo Dragons.
Visiting Komodo Island on with a Komodo Tour package is a great way to see all that the National Park has to offer. You can choose between Komodo Speed Boat trips or a multi day liveaboard trip.
Komodo dragons are the largest living species of lizard, native to the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang. These lizards can grow up to an average length of 2-3 meters (6.5-10 feet) and can weigh up to approximately 70 kilograms (150 pounds).
Komodo dragons are carnivorous and have been known to hunt and eat large mammals, such as deer and pigs. They are also opportunistic scavengers and will eat carrion if available. The Komodo dragon has a unique hunting technique where they bite their prey and then follow it until it becomes weak from blood loss and infection.
In addition to their impressive size and hunting abilities, Komodo dragons are also known for their powerful tails and sharp claws. They are agile climbers and swimmers, and have been known to attack humans on rare occasions.
Despite their fearsome reputation, Komodo dragons are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, due in part to habitat destruction and illegal poaching. Conservation efforts have been put in place to protect these lizards and their habitats, including the establishment of the Komodo National Park in 1980.
Komodo dragons have a life span of around 30 years in the wild. They are solitary animals, except during the mating season when males will compete for females. Female Komodo dragons lay a clutch of around 20 eggs, which they bury and guard until they hatch around 8-9 months later.
Komodo dragons are part of the monitor lizard family, which also includes the Nile monitor and the water monitor. These lizards are closely related to snakes and are thought to have evolved from a common ancestor around 40-50 million years ago.
Despite their fearsome reputation and impressive hunting abilities, Komodo dragons are also known for their intelligence. They have been observed using tools, such as sticks, to help them break open eggs, and have been known to work together in groups to hunt prey.
Overall, the Komodo dragon is a fascinating and unique animal. Despite their reputation as fierce predators, they are also intelligent and have an important role in the ecosystems of their native Indonesian islands.
If you would like to take a Komodo Island Tour or go Scuba Diving in Komodo, please contact us today and our experienced staff would be happy to help you and your group plan the perfect getaway trip.
Maika Komodo Tour has an extremely experience staff and crew and always go out of their way to make sure each and every guests has a wonderful and rememberable experience when visiting Komodo National park. We know there are many companies to choose from and we happy to help with any other parts of your trip planning to make it the safest and best time possible.