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Komodo Dragon

Why is it in News?

Indonesia has decided to shut down the Islands which is inhabited by Komodo Dragons in order to fix the problems created by mass tourism and smuggling.

About Komodo Dragons:

  • The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard in the world. These wild dragons typically weigh about 70 kilograms, but some of them can weigh up to 166 kilograms too.
  • Komodo dragons have venom glands that are loaded with toxins.
  • Komodo dragons are limited to a few Indonesian islands of the Lesser Sunda group, including Rintja, Padar and Flores.
  • Their IUCN status is ‘Vulnerable’.

Source: TH, National Geographic