It is the world’s largest lizard, out of over 3,000 lizard species. The adult Komodo dragon is mostly green, gray, or black with white or yellow patches.
When young, the Komodo dragon can live in trees where it eats mostly insects and birds. This gives the young protection from other, more aggressive males, which live on the gound. However, when it become older and heavier, it lives on the ground and eats mainly mammals, snakes, and fish. The Komodo dragon has very infectious bacteria in its mouth, which it uses to quickly bring down prey.
CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)
ORDER: Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes)
FAMILY: Varanidae (monitor lizards)
GENUS/SPECIES: Varanus komodoensis
Size: Up to 10 ft (3 m)
Weight: 275 lbs (125 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Mammals, birds, fish, snakes, and other Komodos
Habitat: Forests and savannas, mainly on four Indonesian islands