The Jacksonville Zoo has a Komodo Dragon exhibit which features two baby Komodo Dragons named Khaleesi and Saphira, both of whom turn two years old on January 12th, 2015. In the zoo, Komodo Dragons eat rodents, chicks, and rabbits.
Read this article to discover how Stefano Unterthiner was able to capture these photos of komodos.
Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner for "Close Encounters With A Komodo," National Geographic Magazine.
Komodo Dragons by Gresko. Here's a link we have to a book on Komodo Dragons at the Downtown Campus
"The Komodo Dragon is an All-Purpose Killing Machine" This article by Brendan Borrell originally appeared in Smithsonian Magazine in February 2013.
"The Most Infamous Komodo Dragon Attacks of the Past 10 Years" This article by Rachel Nuwer originally appeared in Smithsonian Magazine in January 2013.
"The Origin of the Komodo Dragon" This blogpost by Greg Laden was published online for Smithsonian Magazine in September 2009 and covers how Komodo Dragons may have evolved.
"If Lizards Look at Home, Credit Months of Zoo Labor" by Lisa Foderaro Follow this link to the Library Databases to read about how artists created a habitat for Komodo Dragons at the Bronx Zoo. This article originally appeared in The New York Times on July 16, 2013. Note: you must be logged into the library for this link to work.
"How to Train Your Dragon" by Claire Ainsworth Follow this link to the Library Databases to read about how zookeepers at the London Zoo are training their Komodo Dragons to eat out of their hands. This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of New Scientist. Note you must be logged into the library for this link to work.
Animals: Komodo Dragon on National Geographic Kids This page gives basic facts about Komodo Dragons, their habitat, and how they live.
A collection of articles on the bite of the Komodo Dragon describing how science has changed what we believe about their "toxic" bite.
"The Myth of the Komodo Dragon's Dirty Mouth" by Ed Yong This post, which originally appeared in National Geographic's online blog Phenomena in June 2013, continues to attempt to debunk the myth of the "toxic" bite of the Komodo Dragon.
"Here Be Dragons: The Mythic Bite of the Komodo Dragon" by Christie Wilcox This blog post, originally published on Discover magazine's website in July of 2013, debunks the myth of the Komodo Dragon's toxic bite. ("Debunk" means "to expose the falseness of something.")
"Venomous Komodo Dragons Kill Prey with Wound-and-Poison Tactics" by Ed Yong This post to National Geographic's online blog Phenomena, which originally appeared in May 2009, discusses the myth of the Komodo's "toxic" bite.
Follow this link to a blog post by Edward Biddulph talking about the komodo dragon used in the most recent James Bond film. He also touches on one of our discussion questions when he talks about how the film may impact the perception people have of komodo dragons.