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2009-05-25 06:10:00

The notorious Komodo dragon has sharp teeth and its venom kills within hours of a bite. However, Indonesian villagers living with the world's biggest lizard were not concerned, until the dragons started hurting people. Two people were killed in 2007, and others were terribly hurt after being bitten maliciously. Main, a 46-year-old park ranger, was in his hut at Komodo National Park when a komodo bit his ankles under his desk. After the ranger tried to pull his ankle from the dragon's jaws, it...

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2009-05-19 13:44:50

Australian researchers have discovered what makes the Komodo dragon's bite so deadly for its prey. Scientists previously considered that the world's largest lizard's mouth held deadly bacteria that stopped its victims' blood from clotting. Walter Auffenberg put that theory forward in 1981. But lead researcher Bryan Fry used magnetic resonance imagery to show that the deadly lizard packs a venomous bite, as seen through its venom gland with ducts that lead to their teeth. Fry used 3-D computer...

2009-03-23 10:35:26

Thirty-two Komodo dragons have been born at a zoo in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, a zoo official said Monday. Surabaya Zoo spokesman Agus Pangkat said the Komodo dragon births all took place at the Indonesian tourist site during the past two weeks, The Jakarta Post said. The birth of the endangered animals, along with the presence of 14 unhatched eggs at the zoo, represented the zoo's best breeding year for Komodo dragons, Agus said The Komodo dragon is a species of lizard. The arrival of...

2008-09-05 00:00:12

By Kathy Marks THE KOMODO dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, zoologists have warned. The dragons, which grow to 10ft long and weigh as much as 26st, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey. An expedition by Indonesian and...

2008-04-16 14:49:50

Komodo dragons may have a wimpy bite for their size, but somehow the giant lizards manage to take down prey as large as water buffalos. A new study reveals that a few dozen razor-sharp teeth combined with beefy neck muscles make up for the reptile's dainty chomp. "The Komodo has a featherweight, space-frame skull and bites like a wimp, but a combination of very clever engineering and wickedly sharp teeth allow it to do serious damage," said Stephen Wroe, a biologist at the...

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2008-04-14 10:15:00

The fearsome Komodo dragon is the world's largest living lizard and can take very large animal prey: now a new international study has revealed how it can be such an efficient killing machine despite having a wimpy bite and a featherweight skull.A member of the goanna family with ancestors dating back more than 100 million years, the dragon (Varanus komodoensis) uses a combination of 60 razor-sharp serrated teeth, powerful neck muscles and what researchers are calling a "space-frame" skull to...

2008-02-08 00:00:00

WICHITA, Kan. -- Two Komodo dragons have hatched at the Sedgwick County Zoo, apparently without the fertilization of a male. The dragons, both males, are the first in North America known to have hatched by parthenogenesis, which occurs naturally in some species, including invertebrates and lower plants. It happens more rarely in some vertebrates. Two other known cases in which Komodo dragons hatched by parthenogenesis were at the London and Chester zoos in England in 2006. The zoo in...

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2007-01-24 08:00:00

MANCHESTER, England -- A British zoo announced Wednesday the virgin birth of five Komodo dragons, giving scientists new hope for the captive breeding of the endangered species. In an evolutionary twist, the newborns' eight-year-old mother Flora shocked staff at Chester Zoo in northern England when she became pregnant without ever having a male partner or even being exposed to the opposite sex. "Flora is oblivious to the excitement she has caused but we are delighted to say she is now a mum...

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2006-12-20 15:40:00

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer CHESTER, England - In an evolutionary twist, Flora the Komodo dragon has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. She is carrying seven baby Komodo dragons. "We were blown away when we realized what she'd done," said Kevin Buley, a reptile expert at Flora's home at the Chester Zoo in this town in northern England. "But we certainly won't be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus." Other reptile species reproduce asexually in a process...

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2006-04-07 06:10:00

CHICAGO -- He's huge, he can be vicious and sometimes he stinks. His oral hygiene is so poor that if he bites you, you're pretty much guaranteed a life-threatening infection. He's going to be very popular. He's Faust, the 8-foot, 130-pound Komodo dragon who's the centerpiece of "Lizards and the Komodo King," a new special show that opens Saturday and runs through next February at the Shedd Aquarium. The show includes about 60 lizards from 30 different species - some of them quite...


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2007-01-02 11:35:55

The Perentie is the largest monitor lizard native to Australia. They are found west of the Great Dividing Range in the arid regions of Australia. They are not a common sight and can usually escape detection before it has a chance to be seen. An adult Perentie can grow up to 8 feet long although its average size is 5.5 to 6.5 feet long. It is likely the third largest lizard on earth, after the Komodo Dragon, and the Water Monitor. Crocodile Monitors rival the Perentie in being the third...

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2005-06-15 17:26:29

The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the largest lizard in the world, growing to a length of about 10 feet (3 meters) and weighing between 175 to 310 lb (80 and 140 kg). It is a member of the monitor lizard family, Varanidae. Dragons have keen senses and are considered among the most intelligent living reptiles. They are carnivorous, hunting live prey with a stealthy approach followed by a sudden short charge (they can run briefly at speeds up to 20 km/h). They have a strong bite...

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2005-06-15 17:22:40

Australian lizards belonging to the Varanus genus (monitor lizards) are called Goannas. This name is thought to be derived from the word iguana, as early European settlers likened them to the South American lizards. There are around 20 species of goanna, 15 of which that are unique to Australia. They are a varied group of carnivorous reptiles that range greatly in size and fill several ecological niches. The Goanna features prominently in Aboriginal Mythology and Australian folklore....

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