Komodo : The Living Fossil

April 1st, 2015 | by TheJourneyMagz
Komodo : The Living Fossil
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Komodo dragon is the oldest living lizards. The ancestors of the dragon lived 50 million years ago. It may have descended from a larger lizard from Java or from Australia (Megalania prisca), which existed 30.000 years ago. There is no body know, where did the komodo came from. But there some theory developed such as komodo is island – hopped from Java to Komodo or that komodo swam from Australia to Timor till they reached Flores. Other theory said that over 18,000 years ago the sea level was lower than it is today, that makes their way easily from island to
island.

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Komodo dragons are easily found in Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Gili Motang, the islands that formed Komodo National Park. The komodo do not exist anywhere else in the world. The Komodo National Park is UNESCO world heritage and today has attracted more than 50,000 visitors a year.

When you visit the island of Komodo and Rinca, you can find the dragon almost everywhere. They can be found in the forest, in the savanna, on the beach, in the mangrove swamps, in the burrows, or even in the trees. Yes, the younger komodo or baby komodo that survive hatch, once they crack through their shells, they will quickly climbs into the trees, where they live for the next 2 to 4 years to avoid being eaten by larger dragons or other predator such as wild boar and feral dogs.


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