Akron Zoo welcomes two new Komodo dragons

2:22 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
Charlie is one of two new Komodo dragons now on display at the Akron Zoo. Photo: Akron Zoo.
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AKRON -- Two sisters are making a very scaly impression at the Akron Zoo.

Draco and Charlie -- two new Komodo dragons -- are now on exhibit at the zoo's Education Center, Komodo Kingdom.

As the twosome get acclimated to their new surroundings, they will be on exhibit daily from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The zoo's resident Komodo dragon, TNT, will be on exhibit when Draco and Charlie are not.

Eventually, as Draco and Charlie become more comfortable with their surroundings, they will alternate days on exhibit with TNT.

Draco and Charlie were born Oct. 8, 2010 and were brought to Akron from the Denver Zoo where they were born. Both are about 4 feet long and weigh nine pounds.

TNT, who is 13 years old and weighs 141 pounds, has been at the Akron Zoo since 2005.

Komodo dragons, a type of monitor lizard, are the world's largest living lizard. Komodo dragons are indigenous to a few Indonesian Islands, including the Island of Komodo.

They are typically found in tropical savanna forests.

Komodo dragons will scavenge carcasses or eat live prey ranging from large rodents to water buffalo. Juvenile Komodo dragons like Draco and Charlie, typically will eat small lizards or insects.

Komodo dragons are an endangered species due primarily to habitat destruction.


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