The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard in the world.
The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard in the world. An ambush predator, it waits in the high grass for small rodents, birds and other reptiles. It tries to bite them with its short, sharp teeth. If it succeeds, the animals do not die because of the bite, but because of a poisonous fluid that it transmits via glands in its mouth.
The Komodo dragon can detect its prey at a distance of up to 9.5 km.
- Scientific name: Varanus komodoensis
- Global home: Asia and Australia
- Conservation status: Vulnerable
- Primary habitat: Moist Savanna