Weekly Dose of Cute: Baby Komodo Dragon

Sure, when he gets big, this little guy will be one of the world's largest lizards, weighing in at 150 lbs and growing to length of up to 10 feet long. He'll be feared as a man eater, possessing a venomous bite that can be fatal. But right now he's just a little guy, and boy, is he cute!

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Komodo Dragons are the largest lizards on the planet, giving us just the tiniest taste of what the world must have been like in the age of dinosaurs. What they have in size, however, they lack in distribution: the range of the Komodo is the smallest of any of the world's large carnivores, consisting of only on a handful of Indonesian islands. In part due to this, they are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN. What threatens them even more than their small range is that while several thousand are left in the wild, only a small portion, around 350, are thought to be breeding females. Also, while are protected under Appendix I of CITES (which bans all international commercial trade), poaching does occur, and their fragmented populations are hard to protect. Furthermore, like with many large, dangerous animals, conservation efforts towards these creatures are not always welcomed by the local communities.

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Very cute - AND he can save you 15% or more on your car insurance!

After seeing a TV report showing a Komodo dragon injuring a buffalo, and then following it around for 3 weeks until it dropped dead, I wouldn't want to have one in the neighborhood either. That's one nasty critter when grown up.

I love komodo dragons I am doing a project on them! And that is the cutest dragon ever!!!! Oh, but the thing is they're not endangered that much anymore. I've never seen a dragon in real life, but I want to. Post more pics please? Is this your dragon?

By Alyssa Anne Branch (not verified) on 18 Sep 2011 #permalink

I love Komodo dragons! i have like 50 stuffed animals! That is soo cute!

By Brendan Brooks (not verified) on 20 Oct 2011 #permalink

Cute but deadly!