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Female Komodo Dragons Life Span Is Shorter Than Males Due To Extreme 'Housework'
2012-10-18 10:58:01

An international team of researchers has found that female Komodo Dragons live half as long as males on average, seemingly due to their physically demanding 'housework' such as building huge nests and guarding eggs for up to six months. The results provide important information on the endangered lizards' growth rate, lifestyle and population differences, which may help plan conservation efforts. The Komodo dragon is the world's largest lizard. Their formidable body size enables them to...

Winners Of Controversial Natural Wonders Poll Announced
2011-11-13 05:36:01

The Amazon, Vietnam's Halong Bay, South America's Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island in South Korea, Komodo Island in Indonesia, the Philippines' Puerto Princesa Underground River, and Table Mountain in South Africa have been named the new seven wonders of nature. These seven landmarks beat out others, including the Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands, the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Vesuvius, and the Dead Sea in what USA Today reporter Laura Bly called "a controversial global popularity poll"...

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2009-12-07 10:01:22

Singapore Zoo has productively bred the extremely-scarce Komodo dragon, officials announced Monday, adding that the rare baby was healthy and happy. The 16-inch infant is the first Komodo born anywhere that is not Indonesia, the native land of the lizard, a spokeswoman for the zoo said to the AFP. The assistant director of zoology, Biswajit Guha, said the breeding of a Komodo dragon "is one of the most significant moments" for the Asian zoo, a highly popular spot in Singapore. Successful...

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2009-09-30 11:10:13

The world's largest living lizard species, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), is vulnerable to extinction and yet little is known about its natural history. New research by a team of palaeontologists and archaeologists from Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia, who studied fossil evidence from Australia, Timor, Flores, Java and India, shows that Komodo Dragons most likely evolved in Australia and dispersed westward to Indonesia. The research, which also details new fossil specimens...

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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...

2009-03-31 10:30:00

SiliconSystems SSDs Meet Growing OEM Customer Demand for Smaller, Scalable and More Rugged Solutions ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- SiliconSystems, Inc., a world leader in advanced storage technology, and VersaLogic Corp., a leading supplier of embedded computers, today announced that SiliconSystems' SiliconDrive Blade has been selected as the storage system for VersaLogic's new Komodo EPIC-sized, SUMIT-enabled single board computer (SBC). The new Komodo product family will...

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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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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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'