One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A heavily built monitor lizard that captures large prey such as pigs by ambush. Occurring only on Komodo and neighboring Indonesian islands, it is the largest living lizard.
- ‘The Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, has more than fifteen infectious agents suspended in its saliva.’
- ‘Indonesian Komodo dragons attain lengths of ten feet or more and can weigh as much as 350 pounds.’
- ‘Sitting on a wooden platform on the island of Rinca, overlooking several Komodo dragons, park ranger Martinus confessed that he would be voting for Megawati.’
- ‘Monitor lizards such as Komodo dragons do not sweat; they can only pant to lower their body temperature and lay still in the shade or inside burrows.’
- ‘Cannibal Rock was named after its discoverers observed a Komodo dragon devouring another on a ledge above a mini-wall that begins in only 3 feet of water and drops to 10 feet.’
- ‘The tiny humans, who had skulls about the size of grapefruits, lived with pygmy elephants and Komodo dragons on a remote island in Indonesia 18,000 years ago.’
- ‘They themselves may have been hunted by giant lizards - even bigger versions of the huge Komodo dragons which still exist in the region and have been known to eat humans.’
- ‘In 1992 I visited the island of Komodo - home of the Komodo dragon - to study gigantism among reptiles.’
- ‘A monitor lizard the size of a Komodo dragon saunters out of the jungle and slips into the sea.’
- ‘Last week they decided to show an item about a veterinarian who practiced acupuncture on a Komodo dragon.’
- ‘In the same site they also found bones from Komodo dragons and an extinct pygmy elephant called Stegodon.’
- ‘He said he and two friends sailing a yacht had stopped at a bay on the island of Rinja, not far from Bali, hoping to see some Komodo dragons.’
- ‘The Toronto Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a baby Komodo dragon.’
- ‘Yet for decades, observers have recorded anecdotes of young Komodo dragons doing things that lack obvious utility and suggest whimsical antics.’
- ‘Many reptiles today, including crocodilians and Komodo dragons, regularly prey on their own species, he notes.’
- ‘How did he get to the remote regions of the earth to collect exotic butterflies and Komodo dragons?’
- ‘About 300 Komodo dragons live in captivity - more than 60 of which have been born and bred in the United States.’
- ‘Interestingly, some future antibiotics may lie in unusual places, including the saliva of Komodo dragons.’
- ‘Sophon suggested that new animals could include giant anteaters from South America, Komodo dragons from Indonesia, or gorillas from Africa.’
- ‘He believes that Megalania varied between 200 and 330 pounds, about the size of a Komodo dragon.’
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