This picture of a Komodo Dragon was taken on November 01, 2006. It is one of the best pictures of the giant lizards that I have ever taken, although I have been visiting Komodo National Park almost every year since April 1988.
The gigantic inhabitants of the island of Komodo and the Lesser Sunda Islands draw many people from around the world, as these are the only example of ancient giant lizards to have survived into the modern age. IUCN – The International Union for the Conservation of Nature – lists the Komodo Dragon as ‘vulnerable’ on its Red List of endangered species.
The male Komodo Dragon pictured here is roughly three metres in length and nearly 100 kg in weight. This is amongst the largest examples of the species.
In addition to the sight of its cold blooded residents, the islands have much to offer to humans and other mammals. The water in Komodo National Park offers superb dive spots with clear water almost all year round.