Louisville Zoo welcomes 7-month-old Komodo dragon
Romulus has already grown eight inches and tripled his weight since he arrived from the Fort Worth Zoo in March.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Zoo is now the new home of a 7-month-old Komodo dragon named after the founder of Rome.
According to a news release from the Zoo, Romulus has already grown 8 inches and tripled his weight, since he arrived from the Fort Worth Zoo in March. It's expected that he will eventually grow to anywhere from 8-10 feet long, and weigh between 100 and 200 pounds.
Currently, Romulus is on exhibit in the outside Komodo dragon enclosure in the HerpAquarium, in a "modified space" created just for him because of his small size. Eventually, after he has grown, he will live in the full outdoor space in that same area.
"Komodo dragons are found on the dry, scrub-covered Indonesian Islands of Komodo, Gili Motang, Padar, Rinca and Flores," the news release states. "The largest number are found on Komodo Island. They are the main predator on these islands."
"Komodo dragons have a keen sense of smell," the news release adds. "They smell by flicking their forked tongue like a snake to detect odors in the air."
According to the news release, Komodo dragons are listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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