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Lizard Kings

Season 36 Episode 16 | 52m 27s

They look like dragons and inspire visions of fire-spitting monsters. But these creatures with their long claws, razor-sharp teeth, and muscular, whip-like tails are actually monitors, the largest lizards now walking the planet. With their acute intelligence, monitors—including the largest of all, the Komodo dragon—are a very different kind of reptile.

Aired: 10/19/09 | Expires: 12/15/15
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