Watch your step as you go in search of the mighty lizard – some call them dragons - of Indonesia's Komodo Island. First discovered in 1910, these predators are the last of their kind and can grow up to 3 meters (~ 10 ft) in length and have an arsenal of toxic saliva that causes their bite to almost immediately turn septic. However, the locals have maintained a friendly relationship with the animals, which can live up to 50 years and recognize individual people. Today, the entire island has been designated part of Komodo National Park and tourists are welcomed - even though it's more than a little out of the way for your average holiday. But those who make the journey won't go away disappointed, for the scaly residents of the island are truly one of a kind. Perhaps you'll be lucky enough to hear the roar of a "dragon".
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- Location: Komodo, Indonesia