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Komodo dragon, Komodo lizard, dragon lizard, giant lizard, Varanus komodoensis(noun)
the largest lizard in the world (10 feet); found on Indonesian islands
An endangered species of monitor lizard native to certain Indonesian islands east of Java. It is the world's largest lizard, growing to 10 feet or 3 meters. It is known for its ability to kill prey with its septic saliva; the resulting septicemia can kill so quickly that it was once suspected the lizard was venomous.
Origin: From Komodo (island) + dragon
The Komodo dragon, also known as the Komodo monitor, is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar. A member of the monitor lizard family, it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 metres in rare cases and weighing up to around 70 kilograms. Their unusually large size has been attributed to island gigantism, since no other carnivorous animals fill the niche on the islands where they live. However, recent research suggests the large size of Komodo dragons may be better understood as representative of a relict population of very large varanid lizards that once lived across Indonesia and Australia, most of which, along with other megafauna, died out after the Pleistocene. Fossils very similar to V. komodoensis have been found in Australia dating to greater than 3.8 million years ago, and its body size remained stable on Flores, one of the handful of Indonesian islands where it is currently found, over the last 900,000 years, "a time marked by major faunal turnovers, extinction of the island's megafauna, and the arrival of early hominids by 880 ka."
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