Do you have any idea where do Komodo dragons live? The komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is named after the Komodo island. The dragon breeds on several islands such as Gili Dasami, Komodo Island, Komodo National Park, Rinca, Gili Montang, and the Lesser Sunda region in Indonesia. The komodo also inhabits Flores island but in fewer numbers.
The southwest population occurs in the Sano Nggoang and Wae Wuul. Komodo dragons are also found in Labuan Bajo. The komodo lives all throughout the coastal hills ranging from Pota village to the Wolo Tado. Get to know about Komodo dragon habitat.
Where Do Komodo Dragons Live in the World? – Komodo Dragon Habitat
The komodo dragon habitat is found at an altitude of 800 meters above the sea level. The dragon builds home in mangrove forest, tropical dry forests, savanna, and moist deciduous monsoon forest. In the Komodo National Park, the komodo’s habitat receives very limited annual rainfall. However on the islands of Rinca and Komodo the habitat occurs at 500 m above sea level. All these habitats are mostly abundant in dry deciduous monsoon forest. The deciduous forests are also found along the water streams that run through the valleys.
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The deciduous forests are primarily formed due to the relatively high humid climate. While the dry forests are abundant the moist semievergreen forests are also formed due to the greater humidity. The southern as well as northern komodo dragon population fancy living in these humid conditions. The dry deciduous forests are also quite dominant in the Gili Dasami island. However in Gili Montang the central and eastern tips are abundant in dry monsoon forest whereas the southwestern and northern areas are covered with savanna.
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On Flores Island especially on the northern and western areas the primary habitats are savanna, dry deciduous monsoon forest, and grassland. The Flores habitat is more likely to receive rainfall as compared to the Komodo National Park. The savanna habitats are found in Wae Wuul at a height of 370 meters. It is a hilly area covering no more than 3,000 ha. The Wae Wuul reserve is 80% covered with savanna with only a little area of dry deciduous forest.
Komodo dragons also live in the Wolo Tado reserve which is equally covered with dry deciduous forest and savanna. The total area of the habitat is 4,000 ha. The komodo dragon habitat in the Flores island is now occurred in the limited area precisely because of recent human encroachment.
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Pianka Eric R., King Dennis, Ruth Allen King; Varanoid Lizards of the World: Indiana University Press, 2004, ISBN-13: 978-0253343666.