This month’s Herptile Spotlight is focusing on one of the most famous reptiles that exists ONLY in our country …. Our pride animal, the Komodo Dragon.

Komodo (Varanus komodoensis), is the largest lizard in the world (about 2-3 meters).  They live in the islands of komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Montang and Gili Dasami. In the province of Nusa Tenggara. You can see it in the map. We added blue arrow to let you know where we live 🙂 (The map is borrowed from wikipedia-Indonesia).

The Komodos live under the protection of our government. The government had made the islands into a National Park. It is prohibited to kill Komodo and they live together with the people in those islands.

In the wild, Komodo can be as heavy as 70 kilograms, but Komodo which lived zoo or reservation can be much bigger. Although Komodo is considered as the largest lizard, but it is not the longest one. The longest lizard is biawak Papua (Varanus salvadorii).  Komodo’s saliva contains dangerous bacteria. When a Komodo bites big animal such as buffalo, it sends its saliva along with the bacteria into the buffalo’s meat. The Komodo will walk close by from its victim and waits until the victim died because of the bacteria. The male is bigger than the female.

The male has grey or red-brick color, while the female is a bit greenish. It doesn’t have good hearing ability but has great eyesight, it can see as far as 300meters. It is said that Komodo can differentiate colors but it cannot differentiate non-moving object. Komodo uses its tongue to detect and smell something. It can detect a carcass which lies as far as 4-9.5 kilometers. Some of its scales are strengthen with bone and has sensory ability. Its tail is also one of their weapon, it can become a dangerous whip.

I don’t think Komodo is a good pet…not because it can’t be tamed (I believe all animals can be tamed, it all depend  on the owner) but it is because  Komodo is an animal which almost extinct. It better to leave them live in their habitat. Komodo is put into one of Indonesian currencies. (Picture  is taken from here)

We hope you enjoy this edition of Herptile Spotlight 🙂 You can check the official-site for The Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Established in 1980, initially the main purpose of the Park was to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) and its habitat. However, over the years, the goals for the Park have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. In 1986, the Park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, both indications of the Park’s biological importance.

Look at how beautiful the island is. Mommy hopes that one day she can visit the island.

Here are another shot by our Mommy

See you next month for another highlight on the herptile world 🙂

Note: I translated this article from Wikipedia-Indonesia.

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About Kroten

My name is taken from Schildkroten (Turtles in German). I am a morph Red ear Slider. My Mommy adopted me on March 19, 2008. I am the oldest in Novroz's turtle family :)

13 responses »

  1. Deboshree says:

    That is indeed a beautiful island! I hope your Mommy’s dreams come true.
    Thanks for such an interesting spotlight on the Komodo dragon. I will stay away. 😀

  2. Beth Ann says:

    I am not a big fan of the Komodo dragon—they kind of scare me! I prefer YOUR type of herptile!!! I agree they are better kept in the wild and not as pets.

  3. Binky says:

    Komodo dragons are fascinating animals, but I wouldn’t want to meet one out in the wild, at least not close up. I believe they’re supposed to be warm-blooded, too.

    I’m glad you live a good distance from them.

    • Kroten says:

      But the people in those islands live peacefully side by side with them. Both know when to stay away from each other….i find that very interesting.

      Although we think they are interesting animal, I am with you,glad to live far from them.

  4. What beautiful creatures!

    I’m curious as to how a Komodo Dragon’s scales might feel. Perhaps something similar to a snake but more bumpy? Their skin reminds me of the outside of a jackfruit. 😀

    • Novroz says:

      I am also curious, but it is impossible to touch them without having an expert around…I hate to be bitten by it.

      you’re right!! it does look like jackfruit 😉

  5. Tony McGurk says:

    Amazing creatures & a bit scary too. I saw a TV documentary on them & it showed one that bit a buffalo then just followed it everywhere till it eventually died. Then they all had a feast

  6. lifewith4cats says:

    Seeing the map picture really makes it clear. I had no idea they live only on one tiny island.

    Its really neat that though our countries are so far apart and so different… we both have RES.

    • Kroten says:

      Not only one tiny island, there are several tiny islands but those islands are close to each other.

      I am not sure that RES is native Indonesian. Here in Indonesia, people call us as Brazillian Turtle. We exist here because long time ago some people imported us here. But, you’re right…you can find RES almost everywhere.

  7. […] It’s been 3 months ago since my last Herptile Spotlight. Sorry for keeping this long to spotlight our other cute (or not so cute) relatives. Some are often found as pets and some could never be pet, like our last spotlight, Komodo Dragon.  […]

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