Side profile of the Komodo Dragon.
Taken with a canon 350D,sigma 70-300mm lens.
The Komodo dragon also known as the Komodo monitor, is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Gili Dasami.
A member of the monitor lizard family it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 metres (9.8 ft) in rare cases and weighing up to around 70 kilograms (150 lb).
There are approximately 4,000 to 5,000 living Komodo dragons in the wild.
Volcanic activity, earthquakes, loss of habitat, fire,loss of prey due to poaching, tourism, and illegal poaching of the dragons themselves have all contributed to the vulnerable status of the Komodo dragon.