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Nashville Zoo To Put Komodo Dragons On Exhibit

Nashville Zoo To Put Komodo Dragons On Exhibit

CREATED Jul 9, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Zoo is putting on a new exhibit featuring komodo dragons, the world's largest lizard species.

The two female lizards were hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo in August and are 2 feet long and weigh 2 pounds. When they reach adulthood, they are expected to be more than 9 feet long and weigh 200 pounds.

Komodo dragons are native to Indonesia and are listed as vulnerable by the International Union of Conservation of Nature because of habitat loss and hunting. There are fewer than 2,500 of the lizards in the wild.

The Nashville lizards will be kept at the zoo's Unseen New World area for about a year until they are taken out of exhibit while a permanent habitat is designed and built.

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