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Komodo Dragon Male Skull measures 5.9 inches. The Komodo Dragon Male Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Varanus komodoensis is the scientific name. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
The Komodo dragon or 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 Padar. A member of the monitor lizard family Varanidae, it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 10 feet in rare cases and weighing up to approximately 150 lbs.
The Komodo dragon or Varanus komodoensis has a tail as long as its body, as well as about 60 frequently replaced, serrated teeth that can measure up 1 inch in length.
Its saliva is frequently blood-tinged because its teeth are almost completely covered by gingival tissue that is naturally lacerated during feeding. It also has a long, yellow, deeply forked tongue.
Komodo dragon or Varanus komodoensis skin is reinforced by armored scales, which contain tiny bones called osteoderms that function as a sort of natural chain-mail.
This rugged hide makes varanus komododoensis skin a poor source of leather. The osteoderms become more extensive and variable in shape as the Komodo dragon ages, ossifying more extensively as the lizard grows.
The Varanus komodoensis prefers hot and dry places, and typically lives in dry, open grassland, savanna, and tropical forest at low elevations. It is most active in the day, although it exhibits some nocturnal activity.
Komodo dragons are solitary, coming together only to breed and eat. They are capable of running rapidly in brief sprints up to 12 mph, diving up 15 feet, and climbing trees proficiently when young through use of their strong claws.
To catch out-of-reach prey, the Varanus komodoensis may stand on its hind legs and use its tail as a support. As it matures, its claws are used primarily as weapons, as its great size makes climbing impractical.
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