Komodo Dragon


Double Digits for Komodo Dragons

December 09, 2023 | 1 minute read

There are two special birthdays in Gateway to Asia this month – our Komodo dragons are 10 years old!

‘Shruikan’ had his birthday on December 2nd, and ‘Thorn’ turns 10 today! It’s hard to believe that these two are only now reaching double digits, but that’s what happens when you’re the world’s largest lizard!

Being a large lizard comes with a long tongue. Komodo dragons use their long, forked tongues to taste the air. When their tongues touch the Jacobson’s organ in the top of their mouth, they analyze the chemical makeup of the airborne molecules to pinpoint where prey is.

Join us in wishing Shruikan and Thorn a happy birthday!