Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)
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Class: Reptilia - reptiles
Order: Squamata - amphibians, lizards, snakes
Family: Varanidae - monitors, monitor lizards
Species: Varanus komodoensis - Komodo dragon
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© 1998-2021 San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Population estimates updated Aug 2018. Husbandry information updated Mar 2021.
How to cite: Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) Fact Sheet. c1998-2018. San Diego (CA): San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance; [accessed YYYY Mmm dd]. http://ielc.libguides.com/sdzg/factsheets/ komododragon
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Thank you to Mike Garr and Davis Provan for sharing their knowledge of Komodo dragon husbandry for the Managed Care section of this fact sheet.
Mike and Davis are wildlife care specialists for Komodo dragons at the San Diego Zoo. Mike has 14 years of experience caring for Komodo dragons at the San Diego Zoo and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Davis has been part of the San Diego Zoo’s animal care team for 3 years and has extensive experience in reptile husbandry. In addition to providing care to the Zoo’s Komodo dragons, Mike and Davis most enjoy working the San Diego Zoo's endangered turtles, crocodilians, and venomous snakes.