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Rinca Island 6

Posted by
: Helen : (ATM Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 20 March 2016 in Animal & Insect.

Series : Rinca Island, Indonesia


THE JUVENILE


This is a photo of a juvenile Komodo dragon, around 1.5 metres or 5 foot long. This is one baby you don't call cute!


The juvenile of the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) has a yellow, green, grey and brownish coloured pattern skin which makes it look remarkably similar to an Australian 'Goanna' (Varanus giganteus) the largest monitor lizard on the Australian continent.
(See photograph here)


You may have noticed it's long tongue in the photograph? 'The Komodo detects odors much like a snake does. It uses its long, yellow forked tongue to sample the air, after which the two tongue tips retreat to the roof of the mouth, where they make contact with the Jacobson's organs. The chemical analyzers "smell" a deer by recognizing airborne molecules. If the concentration present on the left tongue tip is higher than that sampled from the right, it tells the Komodo that the deer is approaching from the left. This system, along with an undulatory walk in which the head swings from side to side, helps the dragon sense the existence and direction of odoriferous carrion from as far away as 2.5 miles (four km), when the wind is right.'
Quote source : Smithsonian National Zoological Park


In May and June they mate. The male Komodo dragons compete by wrestling and rearing-up on their hind legs supported by the thick, muscular tail, like a kangaroo. (This is why, if you running away from a Komodo, you pick a sturdy, easily scalable TALL tree!)


In July and August, the female lays about 25 eggs in a large nest. Mother is very protective of the nest over the nine months it takes to incubate her eggs. Mum and Dad are not the nicest to their young. Once hatched the juveniles run immediately for the trees to escape being the next meal! Young dragons feed on snakes, lizards and rodents.
Source : Wildscreen Arkive


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This island is off the coast of Flores Island in the East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia.

Rinca, pronounced Rincha, is an island with many surprises. If you return to follow this series, you will see why.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/500 second F/6.3 ISO 100 200 mm

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What an experience this must be - assuming you live to tell the tale !

20 Mar 2016 8:27am

Devi from Chennai, India

That's some information.....
Thank for the tip..I shall practice climbing trees before I leave for Rinca Island :)))))What an exciting trip this must have been for you !!!

20 Mar 2016 10:26am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, focus & lights!
Amazing !!!!!

20 Mar 2016 5:07pm

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Life must be tough for the young ones..

20 Mar 2016 7:32pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

beau

21 Mar 2016 2:46pm

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22 Mar 2016 7:16pm