New Komodo dragon arrives at Phoenix Zoo

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 4:36 PM

PHOENIX -- A new Komodo dragon, the world's largest living lizard, has arrived at the Phoenix Zoo.

MacLeod arrived last month on loan from the San Antonio Zoo, according to Phoenix Zoo spokeswoman Linda Hardwick.

The 6-year-old Komodo dragon can be seen in the Land of the Dragons exhibit, along with two juvenile Komodo dragons and a Chinese alligator.

Hardwick said Komodo dragons can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh more than 300 pounds. When the lizards first hatch, they weigh less than 4 ounces on average and are only 16 inches long.

Native to volcanic islands in Indonesia, Komodo dragons will spend the first four to five years of their lives living in trees and feeding off insects, smaller reptiles and birds. Once they get older, they move to the ground and feed on larger prey.

Komodo dragons usually live through their late teens when held in captivity.

Two 20-year-old Komodo dragons died of age-related conditions at the Phoenix Zoo last September. They were siblings.

Komodo dragon siblings at Phoenix Zoo die a week apart

Photos: 8 baby Komodo dragons arrive at Phoenix Zoo

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