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Komodo 'Dragons' at Edinburgh Zoological Park

    Naturevolume 140page721 (1937) | Download Citation



    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.

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