Despite their moniker, komodo dragons are not dragons. They’re the largest lizards in the world, and also the most terrifying. Rising sea levels represent a major problem, as climate crisis is the culprit. Now, the issue is causing Komodo dragons to be in danger of extinction, as The Guardian reveals.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) brings a grim prediction for the next 45 years. The rising water levels are set to affect 30 percent of the Komodo dragon’s habitat. As a result, the terrifying creatures went from being a vulnerable species to an endangered one.
Human intervention had a negative impact
Gerardo Garcia, who is the curator of vertebrates and invertebrates from Chester Zoo, declared as quoted by The Guardian:
Because of human pressure, the forest is slowly being cut down and disappearing, and the savannah is affected by fires and degradation. That is why the animals are really in small little pockets,
Habitats are being made even smaller due to rising sea levels.
The Komodo dragon is also known as the Komodo monitor, and it’s endemic to the Indonesian islands of Flores, Komodo, and Gill Motang. That’s how special these beasts are; they even have their own island!
Komodo dragons have a venomous bite, and they nurture themselves by eating birds, invertebrates, and mammals. The largest lizards in the world are solitary creatures, as they only come together to breed and eat.
A male Komodo dragon can even reach 2.6 meters in length, while a female will have a little less: 2.3 meters. As for the mass, an adult male can have between 79 and 91 kg, while a female will only have between 68 and 73 kg.