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Friday, 13 June 2014

WALT on my Komodo Dragon report

WALT: write an information report that has paragraphs about different subtopics.

Next Steps: Independently write an information report about a different topic. 

The komodo dragon

The komodo dragons have been around for millions of years. “I sure would’ve liked to live that long!”.

The komodo dragon, the largest living lizard in the world, is found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores and Gili Motang.

The komodo is the only lizard species to hunt and kill prey larger than itself and larger than it can swallow whole. There are two glands in the lower jaw which produce several toxic proteins. The komodo relies on it’s patience skills and the camoflaging of it’s skin. When their prey enters the preferred spot the komodo dragon pounces on their prey with powerful legs and sharp claws, then sink their jagged sharklike teeth into them. Then they follow their prey for up to three days to witness the poisonous bite kick in. The victim will then have a slow and probably painful death. The komodo will then go and feed on it. Did you know the komodo would usually eat up to 80% of body weight in a single feed.

The komodo dragon has a wide, flat head and a rounded snout. They have a huge muscular tail and bowed legs which give them a clumsy back and forth walk. Their tongues flick in and out constantly. Adult komodos can reach about three metres long and weigh about 70 - 140 kilograms.

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