Current Affair Diary 23/09/2020

Komodo Dragon

✓A recent study conducted by Australian universities has found out that the Komodo dragon could become extinct in the next few decades due to climate change.

✓Scientific Name: Varanus komodoensis.

✓They are the largest and heaviest lizards on Earth.

✓They have long, flat heads with rounded snouts, scaly skin, bowed legs, and huge, muscular tails.

✓They can eat almost anything, including invertebrates, birds, and mammals.

✓They have venom glands loaded with toxins which secrete anticoagulants.

✓ Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is situated in the Island of Komodo (eastern Indonesia) and is the only habitat for this lizard species.

✓Threats: (1) Anthropogenic factors; (2) Less prey; (3) Climate change

✓Conservation: (1) IUCN Status: Vulnerable; (2) CITES: Appendix I



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