News | Published:

Komodo 'Dragons' at Edinburgh Zoological Park

Nature volume 140, page 721 (23 October 1937) | Download Citation

Subjects

Abstract

BY permission of the Netherlands Government, two Komodo monitors (Varanus komodoensis) have been added to the collections at the Scottish National Zoological Park in Edinburgh. This gigantic lizard, which may reach a length of 10 feet, was first shown in Great Britain at the London Zoo in 1927, a year after the habits of the creature had been studied by an American expedition in its native island of Komodo to the south-east of Java. It is swift and active out of keeping with its heavy build, and is said to be fierce as well as voracious, the larger individuals feeding when opportunity offers upon deer and wild pigs.

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/140721d0

Authors

    Comments

    By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.

    Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing