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Las Vegas: At Mandalay Bay, there be dragons

May 14, 2013|By Jay Jones

Two young Komodo dragons are the newest residents of Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The male juveniles are among 10 recently hatched at Prague Zoological Gardens in the Czech Republic. They join a third Komodo dragon that has lived at the aquarium since 2008.

Komodo dragons are the world’s largest lizard. When fully grown, they can measure as much as 10 feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds.

An accredited member of Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums, Shark Reef has pledged to cooperatively manage, conserve and protect the lizards, which are an endangered species.

The three venomous animals will be displayed one at a time, because they could prove deadly to one another if exhibited together.

Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 5-12.

Info: (702) 632-4555.

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