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Identifier: generalguide39amer
Title: General guide to the exhibition halls of the American Museum of Natural History
Year: 1911 (1910s)
Authors: American Museum of Natural History Sherwood, George Herbert, 1876-1937 Lucas, Frederic A. (Frederic Augustus), 1852-1929 Miner, Roy Waldo, 1875-1955
Subjects: American Museum of Natural History Natural history museums
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: IMLS / LSTA / METRO


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ed indi-vidual of this sex. Few species of lizards show such a pronounced difference be-tween the se\es. Komodo Island is uninhabited exceptfor a convict village of Malavs. Dragonlizards quickly secrete themselves on theapproach of man. They apparently usevision alone in detecting their enemies,as they fail to react to sounds, and, inhut. appear to be deaf. The species is diurnal and hides awayat night in large dens which it digs underthe roots of trees or under rocks in theopen. Varanus komodoensis is a large monitorlizard of the family Yaranidae. It isclosely related to certain monitor lizardsof Australia, particularly to giant formsknown only as fossils from the Pleistoceneof that continent. These fossil speciesseem to have reached fifteen or more feetin length. Varanus komodoensis does notexceed ten feet, but large specimens mayweigh over two hundred fifty pounds. Itis therefore very much heavier than anyother living lizard. THE DRAGON LIZARD OF KOMODO ISLAND (Varanus komodoensis)

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