Are Komodo Dragons Endangered? Interesting Komodo Dragon Facts for Kids

  • Komodo Dragons are currently listed as vulnerable on the endangered species list.
  • Komodo Dragons live on the islands of Lesser Sunda, Rinca, Gili Montong, Gili Dasami and the Flores Islands of Indonesia.
  • Komodo Dragons live in grasslands, savannahs and forest near water.
  • Komodo dragons are reptiles.
  • They are the largest lizard in the world.
  • Komodo Dragons can be 10 feet long
  • They can weigh over 300 pounds, but the average weight is 150 pounds.
  • Komodo Dragons are millions of year old.
  • We only found out they existed in 1912 when a WW1 pilot found them when he cam ashore after crashing his plane.
  • Komodo Dragons have wide flat heads.
  • They have short legs that caused them to waddle back and forth when they walk.
  • Komodo Dragons have yellow tongues that fork at the end.  Their tongues are always going in and out of their mouths.
  • They have very long, wide muscular tails.
  • Komodo Dragons have excellent sense of smell and good vision.
  • They also are good swimmers.
  • Komodo Dragons have 60 very sharp teeth.
  • They are carnivores meaning they eat meat.
  • Komodo Dragons will eat deer, water buffalo, dead animals, wild pigs, snakes and even smaller Komodo Dragons.
  • If a Komodo Dragon bites it prey and they run away they will not get very far.  Their saliva contains a very poisonous bacteria.  Once their prey it bitten they will usually dies within 24 hours.
  • A Komodo Dragon can eat up to 80% of their body weight in one meal!
  • They can run up to 12 miles per hour.
  • They live usually between 30-50 years.
  • They do not have any known predators except humans and other Komodo Dragons that may eat their babies.
  • A female Komodo Dragon lays between 15-30 eggs.
  • When the baby hatches they are 12 inches long.
  • Babies hide within the trees when they are born to avoid being eaten by other Komodo Dragons.