✓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