Komodo dragon habitat
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Komodo dragon habitat


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The space of the Komodo dragon habitat is quite limited, it actually only appears wild on a few larger islands, and their surrounding smaller ones, in Indonesia. Because of this the Komodo dragon habitat is very special from other kinds of nature and wilderness.

While the nature is very suitable for these huge lizards, the Komodo dragon habitat itself is its own worst enemy. Volcanic activity is always threatening to engulf the Komodo dragon habitat, but it could also expand it. The Komodo dragon habitat consists of volcanic islands and if more were naturally created the Komodo dragon could easily swim and inhabit these because of their excellent swimming capabilities.

The islands contain many steep slopes and have a very dry and arid climate, usually around 80F degrees (27C degrees). The lack of fresh water, just a short monsoon that on occasion floods the land, is a perfect Komodo dragon habitat.

Low arid forests surrounded by sand and savannah are the main building blocks of a good and healthy Komodo dragon habitat. As the habitat is as dry as it is, the Komodo dragon usually digs burrows in the sand. These burrows, which can range between a small hole in the ground to large underground tunnels, work partly as a home but can also be a temporary, cooling part of the Komodo dragon habitat.

Komodo dragon habitats contains bushes, small trees and grassland where it can hide and await a prey, usually a wild pig or a goat. While living in a zoo, it does not need to hunt and therefore not a lot of grassland is needed, but a lot of sand help to simulate the naturally dry and arid terrain of the Komodo dragon habitat and makes digging burrows easy.

This has proved to be a good enough simulation of the Komodo dragon habitat that breeding has been possible. Therefore a reserve of Komodo dragons is being built up outside Indonesia if some catastrophe would make them extinct.

In the wild, due to the fact that Komodo dragons eat their young, baby-Komodo dragons prefer to stay up in trees for their earlier years. Because of the later years of invasion by tourists the Komodo dragon habitat has changed. Restaurants, picnics and trashcans has been introduced into the Komodo dragon habitat and all of which has made some of the Komodo dragons less of a hunter and more of an opportunitist, living of the trash and leftovers thrown away by careless tourists and employees. This makes it a very easy target for poachers who infiltrate and hunt in the Komodo dragon habitat for the Komodo dragon’s skin.

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