With nicknames like ‘prehistoric monster’ and ‘living dinosaur’, the Komodo dragon has been well and truly judged by its cover.
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Its gigantic size, razor-sharp teeth, and deadly attacking power have earned it a vicious reputation.
But beneath the scales of this solitary beast are fascinating tales of rapid healing, decoy nests, and virgin births.
And as climate change threatens its native Indonesia, can this hostile reptile adapt to living in closer quarters?
Adam Hart and guests dig into how a lonely life may be putting the Komodo dragon at risk…
Deni Purwandana, program coordinator for the Komodo Survival Program in Komodo National Park, and Dr. Chris Michaels, team leader of Reptiles and Amphibians at London Zoo.