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Komodo Dragon Celebrate’s His Birthday at the Australian Reptile Park

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: July 3, 2020 2:25 pm

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Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

How do you throw a party for a Komodo dragon? Keepers at the Australian Reptile Park have answered this question as they celebrated the 9th birthday of Kraken, their resident Komodo dragon.

As Kraken was released in to his enclosure today keepers surprised him with a meat cake, presents and scratches. His favorite proved to be the presents which were cardboard boxes filled with exciting enrichment that he had to work to get out from in the boxes.

Kraken is one of the stars at the Australian Reptile Park which is located on the central coast of New South Wales in Australia. He is the largest lizard currently housed in the park which was confirmed at his first weigh in last year. Kraken measured a remarkable 2.28m (7.5ft) and weighs 36kg (79.4lbs). He is due to be measured again in November when it is expected he will be even larger.

Adult Komodo dragons are the largest lizards on Earth measuring up to 3m (9.8ft) and weighing 70kg (154lbs). They may live for up to 50 years so Kraken will be able to celebrate many more birthdays with his keepers.

komodo dragon australian reptile park

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

Head of Reptiles, Daniel Rumsey said, “I say this to everyone who comes to visit, but Kraken is my absolute favourite animal we have here at the entire park, he’s the best!”

 

“We have a special bond and I love getting to walk him every single day. It’s easy to say he loves the attention he gets from the public. We worked hard on his mincemeat cake and made today extra special for him, even though I like to celebrate him every day!”

Each day Kraken takes a walk through the park with keepers where visitors can meet him and take a photo with this impressive lizard. The Australian Reptile Park has also just launched an animal encounter where you can get even closer to Kraken.

Learn more about Komodo dragons here – Komodo Dragon | The Animal Facts

Learn more about The Australian Reptile Park here – Australian Reptile Park Website

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