AnAge entry for Varanus komodoensis

Classification (HAGRID: 04016)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Reptilia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Squamata
                Family: Varanidae
                    Genus: Varanus
Species
Varanus komodoensis
Common name
Komodo dragon

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
62 years (wild)
Source
ref. 1100
Sample size
Medium
Data quality
Questionable
Observations

Little is known about the lifespan of the Komodo dragon. They appear capable of living at least 25 years in captivity [0448], but probably much more. One study estimated that males can live over 62 years in the wild based on extrapolations from body size [1100]. Other anecdotal reports indicate that animals can live over 50 years in the wild. Although plausible, these values remain unverified.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
1,825 days
Male sexual maturity
1,825 days
Incubation
49 days
Clutch size
22 (oviparous)
Weight at hatching
100 g
Adult weight
87,000 g

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 202168
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 61221
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