Do You Know the Komodo? Photography by Keith R Wahl. Text by J. K. Wahl
The Noble Dragon
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Pose of the KomodoA Komodo Dragon poses for the camera at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island
The Good Side of the KomodoA Komodo Dragon showing her good side at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island
The Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard on earth, reaching lengths of up to 10 feet. They are endemic to the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia. It has long been thought that Komodo Dragons use the bacteria in their saliva to poison their prey, but this is not true. They actually use their venom, which lowers blood pressure and prevents blood clotting.
This particular Komodo dragon's name is Elsie, and she lives at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. Her exhibit is accommodated with everything she could need, from heat lamps to simulate her natural environment, to a swimming pool.
She may be a little sluggish at times, but she stood up and posed just for this photo.
Note: Our youngest son wrote the text associated with this photo. He has a love and knowledge of animals. And has been working at a zoo for the summer. So, as we have opportunities to add photos that I have taken at the zoo, he will be our guest writer on the topic (and he has taught us a lot as parents just by speaking with sheer glee about these creatures). He also wrote Made From RI Gallery | Stalking Cheetah & Made From RI Gallery | Portrait of a Giraffe
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