Article published by : Elsie on Saturday, January 28, 2012 - Viewed 1255 times


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Komodo Dragon And Komodo National Park

A trip to Komodo Island to see the dragons a totally awesome adventure as they are now no longer kept in an enclosure but free to roam and hunt for food anywhere they please. The experienced and well-trained park rangers will take you on a hike through the bush lands of Komodo Island for the experience of a lifetime.

Komodo dragons are carnivores and scavengers. They are the top carnivores in their ecosystems. Komodo dragons occasionally capture live prey by hiding in ambush and then charging their victims, although their primarily food source is carrion. They have good vision and adequate hearing but rely mostly on their acute sense of smell to detect potential prey. Komodo dragons have a long, yellow, deeply forked tongue and sharp serrated teeth.

Komodo dragons have a rounded snout, strong limbs, and a muscular tail. They establish home ranges but they do not defend these territories. When Komodo dragons encounter one another, the dominant lizard prevails.

The mating season for Komodo dragons takes place each year during July and August. In September, females dig an egg chamber in which she lays up to 30 eggs. She covers the eggs with leaves and lies over the nest to incubate the eggs. After about 8 months, they hatch and the mother provides no additional care. When born, the young are approximately 37cm in length. They are vulnerable to predation by adult Komodo dragons, birds, and mammals. For this reason, the young climb up into trees where an arboreal lifestyle gives them refuge from predation until they are large enough to defend themselves.

The Komodo Dragons grow to 4 meters in length and their main sources of food are wild pig, goats, and deer, which have been introduced onto the island as food for the Dragons, they are even known to eat the carcasses of their own kind. These Dragons which are considered the last of their kind remaining in the world today, have also been found around Manggarai, Riung, Ngada and even in the northern areas of the Ende Regency on Flores island.

Komodo National Park located is located between the island of Sumbawa and Flores at the western tip of the Province of East Nusa Tenggara and is best known as the habitat of giant Monitor lizards know as Komodo Dragons. Komodo Island is part of the Komodo National Park and Marine reserve, a professionally managed world class nature park and diving destination - what more could an adventure traveler ask for than prehistoric dragons & excellent diving, all at the one destination - don't miss this!

Oceania World Travel is your source for expert on Komodo tours, and all inclusive tour packages. While tour package offers the most well known all-inclusive tour package, there are many other options for package tours or all-inclusive vacations from other excellent companies. Oceania World Travel also plans and leads our own Indonesia special tours, which offer exceptional values. Our famous Komodo tour is one of our best values.


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