How to Draw a Komodo Dragon

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Komodo Dragon in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Komodo Dragon.

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How to Draw a Komodo Dragon - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the body. It should look like a big lumpy oval.

Step 2: Next, draw the head and a curved line for the jaw. Draw the long mouth and make the lower half of the jaw thinner than the upper half.

Step 3: Then draw the eye and the tongue. Komodo dragons have long, thin tongues that they use to taste and smell their food. If you want, you can also add teeth--komodo dragons have 60 of them!

Step 4: Now let's draw the first arm. Add big claws to give your komodo dragon some detail.

Step 5: Next, draw the second arm. This arm should be bent, like your animal is in a crouching position.

Step 6: Draw the first leg. This leg is extended all the way back to show the komodo dragon sneaking up on its prey.

Step 7: Draw the second leg. Don't forget the sharp claws!

Step 8: Last, draw the tail. The komodo dragon's tail is very long--almost as long as its body. Activity: Komodo dragons are found on the islands of Indonesia in a wide range of habitats, from beaches to savanna forests to the tops of volcanic ridges. Have students select and draw a habitat for their komodo dragon and share it with the class.

Interesting Facts about Komodo Dragons

Komodo dragons are the largest and heaviest lizards in the world. On average, they grow to be about 10 feet long and weigh 150 pounds. Some komodo dragons can weigh as much as 300 pounds! They are reptiles that live on the islands of Indonesia, in dry grasslands or tropical forests.

Did you know?

  • The lifespan of a komodo dragon is between 30 and 50 years.
  • Komodo dragons have 60 teeth, all about one-inch long.
  • Komodo dragons have great eyesight but poor hearing.
  • Like other reptiles, komodo dragons use their tongues to taste and smell their food. They usually eat deer and carrion, which the decaying flesh of a dead animal. They also eat birds and some reptiles.
  • Komodo dragons can run at a rate of 12 miles per hour.
  • Komodo dragons can dive as deep as 15 feet under water.
  • Unlike humans, komodo dragons are considered adults when they are 2 or 3 years old.

Komodo dragons are members of the Varanidae family, or monitor lizard family, which also includes the crocodile monitor. Komodo dragons are at risk of becoming endangered species. The Komodo National Park in Indonesia is committed to conserving these reptiles. Komodo dragons can be seen at zoos around the world.