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In 2006 at London Zoo a biological phenomenon occurred: a female Komodo Dragon became pregnant despite having no contact with a male Dragon. Amazingly the female Dragon had given birth to parthenogenetic offspring. The Truth Behind: Loch Ness, 2006
The island of Komono in Indonesia: home to dragons. Ten feet long and weighing an impressive one hundred and fifty pounds, these are the largest living lizards on the planet. David Attenborough, Planet Earth s2e1, BBC 2016
Female Komodo dragons can give birth to live young without having contacted the male. And female aphids can clone themselves to produce thousands of copies. Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities s2e1: Virgin Birth, Eden 2014
In 1926 an expedition was launched by an America called William Burden to find out more. ibid.
They proved to be more gentle and intelligent than expected. ibid.
Maybe a baby version of the legendary New Guinea Dragon has also been filmed ... In 1979 a six-foot specimen was shot near the river Fly. Arthur C Clark’s Mysterious World
The Dragon has long been seen as a prehistoric creature from a lost world. But we’re beginning to realise there’s far more to this lizard than meets the eye. Natural World: Komodo: Secrets of the Dragon s/a Komodo Dragon – The Deadly Bite, BBC 2011
Home to some 4,000 Dragons. ibid.
Today Australia is no longer home to giants; at some point they disappeared. ibid.
The Dragon is a very good swimmer. ibid.
In extreme situations females can reproduce without a male. ibid.
The hatchlings must quickly head up into trees for safety. ibid.
When the Dragon bites, it infects its victim with bacteria. ibid.
Venom to prevent blood-clotting ... could open up new links in the search for new medicines. ibid.
This remote Indonesian island is home to an illustrious lizard: it owes its prehistoric good looks to its age. It’s one of the few living species to have been around for over three million years. The Komodo Dragon. Birth’s largest lizard … Around 6,000 remain making them vulnerable to extinction. Natural World: Nature’s Biggest Beasts, BBC 2022
Able to take down large prey, even humans … A modern-day monster … The Komodo dragon can be found on five of these islands: they are the largest in the monitor lizard family. The largest Komodo dragon in modern record measured ten feet long and weighed 365 pounds. Monster Quest s1e5: Real Dragons, History 2021