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Watching Komodo dragon reproduction like watching life hard

If you visit the Komodo National Park in June-August, you will be lucky where the dragons undergo the mating period. If traveling in September-January, you will also be lucky to see the females lay the eggs and incubate. If you visit in April-May you remain lucky and watch the babies hatch.

Komodo dragons live in Komodo National Park islands in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara. The islands are the natural habitat of ancient giant lizards long 3 meters in weight of 70 kilograms and only be reached by ship from the mainland Labuan Bajo City.

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More than 1,300 live free and in June to August they will enter a period of mating where visitors see the way the Komodo is reproducing. The process of mating each pair of dragons is 7 to 8 hours, so every day about eleven group of tourists will enjoy the rare show.

Male dragons fight to defend females and territories by grappling with other males while standing on hind legs. The losing Komodo will fall and be locked to the ground. The winner of the battle will flick the long tongue on the female body to see the welcome.

Female dragons are antagonists and fight against using teeth and claws during the initial pairing phase. Furthermore, the males must fully control the female during intercourse so as not to get hurt. Males will rub their chins, scratch hard on backs and lick the females.

The females will lay the eggs in the pit and scratch the cliffs. They make a lot of holes, but only a hole that contains eggs, while others to fool the enemy and keep the eggs away from any attack, including adult male dragons which are basically cannibals.

A hive contains about 20 eggs that will hatch after 7-8 months. The female lies on top of the eggs to incubate and protect where it hatches in about April when the end of the rainy season has many insects. After six months, the female dragons will actually leave the eggs that are still embedded underground.

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Komodo dragons will never watch their mother when they hatch, so maybe when adults will marry or eat their own mother. Approximately only 2-3 eggs hatch in a tiring process for the babies to come out of the egg shell using the teeth that will be dated after the heavy work is completed.

The babies will lie on the eggshell for several hours before digging the soil out of the nest. Young Komodo dragons spend the first years on trees to avoid predators. They eat lizards and at least three to five years to mature to live more than 50 years.

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