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A Komodo dragon walks on a beach in the early morning. Komodo dragons may have little incentive to venture across the water, since food and habitat resources on a neighboring island could easily be unsuitable for the reptiles’ survival. PHOTOGRAPH BY STEF
A Komodo dragon on top of a hill before a rain. The massive lizards have the athletic prowess to clamber all over their rugged island homes, but stay adamantly rooted to specific territories through their lives. PHOTOGRAPH BY STEFANO UNTERTHINER, NAT GEO
A male Komodo dragon enters the water after resting on the beach. Komodo dragons do occasionally enjoy a shoreline dip, but new research shows they brave open water only in exceptionally rare circumstances—an abstention that likely thwarts any island hopp