A Komodo dragon has a new home at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.
This 6-year-old is six-feet long and weighs 50 pounds. The large lizard, a San Antonio, Texas native, had outgrown it's exhibit in the Desert Dome so the zoo built a more suitable exhibit in the Cat Complex.
Komodo dragons are the largest lizards on earth and they are venomous, but they're usually nice to people who are nice to them. “They're nice,” said zoo director Dennis Pate. “The keepers regularly go in with them, they handle them. They're really easy going animals and it's a real treat for the keepers to be able to work with them.”
Komodo dragons are native to a few islands in Indonesia and can grow as long as 10-feet and weigh up to 200 pounds. "As Komodos go he's kind of cool looking," said Pate. "He's got a lot of orange and yellow on him. There's a lot of variability there. He happens to be one of the more colorful ones that I've seen."
Although the predators are capable of taking down huge prey, they prefer to eat sick, weak or young animals. Komodo dragons can eat up to 80 percent of their own body weight during one meal.
The animals are listed as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.