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8 avril 2010 4 08 /04 /avril /2010 13:44

                       KOMODO DRAGON

 

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Lenght : 3.6m

Weight : 136kg

Habitat : Indonesia                                                   

 

Natural History of Komodo Dragons

Komodo dragons are carnivores (meat eaters) and will devour any animal they are capable of . Although they are for the most part scavengers, they sometimes capture live prey, including deer, pigs, birds, even young dragons.

 

Causes of Endangerment of the Komodo Dragon

The current population of Komodo dragons seems relatively stable at about 5,000 animals. Little is known about the species. The dragon's limited distribution makes them highly susceptible to natural or human-caused events, such as storms, fire, or disease.

The primary threats to the dragon's survival include illegal hunting and loss of habitat to human settlement. As was the case with most large, spectacular animals the world over, Komodo dragons were sought as trophies by big-game hunters. They also are killed for skins and feet to make novelties. Early in this century, many Komodo dragons were trapped for sale to zoos and private collectors.

                                                              

Commercial trade in specimen is illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

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