[2014] Sierra H (Ms. Pollard): Komodo Dragon

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[2014] Sierra H (Ms. Pollard): Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon

AdaptionsA couple adaptions are that the Komodo Dragons feet are actully claws they have them for capturing prey and they have very strong jaws linked along with there razor sharp teeth. If they lose a tooth in battle or anything invoving there mouth and a couple teeth come out then they regrow really fast and quick.There last adaption in that they CAN survive without food for a while this adaption makes it so food doesnt become scarce.

DietThe Komodo Dragon eats dolphins, wild horses, deer, birds, younger Komodo Dragons, snakes, fish, crab, snails, pigs, water buffalos, mouse, goats, sheep, chicks, rabbits and rodents. The Komodo Dragon is a canivore/cannibal.

Intresting FactsA Komodo Dragon has 3 eyes. The third eye is located somewhere at the top of the head. Also the Komodo Dragon can run up to 15km per minute!!! But only when it is capturing prey or running away from predators. Third fact is that the Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard in the world. It is known for its long tail and big head. Komodo Dragons come in a variety of colors, including blue, orange, green and gray. Their skin is rough and durable, reinforced with bony plates called osteoderms. They have long claws and a large, muscular tail. Lastly their tounges are shaped like a fork because it helps them find food and tells them were there predators may be hiding. The only thing Komodo Dragons are afraid of is humans.

HabitatThe Komodo Dragon lives in Indoenisia which is by the northwest shore of Austriailia. When they want to find shelter they dig a burrow in the side of a mountain or dirt pile and make their home there.

LocomotionThe Komodo Dragon moves by slithering on the ground. It can move fast and slow. It usally is slow and its sometimes fast but only if it is catching prey of just free running. Its locomotion helps with its survival by running really fast!

Life CycleBefore the breeding two males fight over a female and whoever wins gets to breed with the female. First the male goes on top of the female and bites her in the neck area. This happens in winter-spring ish and then babys are born. Baby Komodo Dragons are called hatchling . After they become hatchling they become juveniles . That is the last step until they become full Komodo Dragons. Then the breeding startes again in the winter-spring ish

Credits toWeb sites:Komodo Dragon Varanus komodoensis -Megan BorgenA-Z animalsBooks:Komodo Dragons-Thane MaynardBobbie Kalman

Komodo Dragons may becoming extinctThe reason is because humans from Austrilia are using or taking up more of the land to use for their houses or their farms to grow food.So help the Komodo Dragons today!!!Theres only a couple of them left.

ClassificationKindom:AnimaliaPyhlum:ChordataClass:ReptiliaOrder:SquamataFamily:VaranidaeSpecies:Varanus Komodoensis.


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