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Canon Rebel XTi ~ 70-300mm Canon lens
f5 ~ 1/200s ~ ISO 800
Looked like this big fellow had recently had a meal. He’s still a bit bulgy in the throat.
Per Wikipedia
The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), also known as the Komodo monitor, is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Gili Dasami. A member of the monitor lizard family (Varanidae), it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 metres (9.8 ft) in rare cases and weighing up to around 70 kilograms (150 lb). Their unusual size has been attributed to island gigantism, since there are no other carnivorous animals to fill the niche on the islands where they live.
However, recent research suggests that 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.”
As a result of their size, these lizards dominate the ecosystems in which they live. Komodo dragons hunt and ambush prey including invertebrates, birds, and mammals. Their group behaviour in hunting is exceptional in the reptile world. The diet of big Komodo dragons mainly consists of deer, though they also eat considerable amounts of carrion.
Taken at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington (USA)

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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you so much Larry

    – TeresaB

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Berns
    Bernsabout 3 years ago

    These guys have fascinated and terrified me in equal parts since i was a child, beautiful capture, he dosen’t look too mean here!

  • Thanks bunches Berns!! Fortunately there was some hefty glass between us, but I have a funny feeling he wouldn’t be too friendly if we were face to face!! LOL!!

    – TeresaB

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Marvelous image for use reptile fans! They are being studied because they carry a toxic brew of poisonous bacteria in their saliva, but don’t become infected. Possible new antibiotics to be derived. Fascinating!

  • Thanks so very much Glenn!! I had heard about the bacteria in their saliva….fascinating creatures!!!

    – TeresaB

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajabout 3 years ago

    Wow! Great work Teresa!

  • Thank you so very much Anna

    – TeresaB

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanabout 3 years ago

    A real cutie! Terrific capture, Teresa!

  • Thank you so very much Monnie

    – TeresaB

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaabout 3 years ago


    Excellent Image! 02/02/2012
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  • Thank you so very much Deb!! I’m honored and I’m thrilled….and the feature is greatly appreciated!!

    – TeresaB

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...about 3 years ago

    Awsome capture!

  • Thank you so very much Diane

    – TeresaB

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaabout 3 years ago

    What a beauty Teresa, great lighting.

  • Thanks so very much Ralph

    – TeresaB

  • Bernhard Matejka
    Bernhard Matejkaabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so much Bernhard

    – TeresaB

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