THE KOMODO DRAGON EXPERT by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding RAY: We're fortunate to have with us today the world- renowned Komodo dragon authority from Upper Montclair, New Jersey. His name is Doctor Daryll Dexter. Doctor, would you tell our listeners all about the Komodo dragon, please? BOB: The Komodo dragon, the world's largest living lizard, is a ferocious carnivore. It's found on the steep-sloped island of Komodo in the lesser Sunda chain of the Indonesian Archipelago and the nearby islands of Rinja, Padar, and Flores. R: Where do they come from? B: The Komodo dragon, the world's largest living lizard, is found on the steep-sloped island of Komodo ....in the lesser Sunda chain of the Indonesian Archipelago....and the nearby islands of Rinja, Padar, and Flores. We have two in this country at the National Zoo in Washington....which were given to the U.S. by the late former premier of Indonesia....Sukarno....some years ago. R: I believe I read somewhere....that a foreign potentate gave America some Komodo dragons. Is that true? B: Yes.... the former premier of Indonesia, Sukarno, gifted this country with two Komodo dragons....world's largest living lizards....some years back....and they're now residing at the National Zoo in Washington. R: Well, now, if we wanted to take the children to see a Komodo dragon....where would we take the children to see a Komodo dragon? B: If you were in the vicinity of our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.....you would take the kiddos to the National Zoo, and there you would see two Komodo dragons....the world's largest living lizard. There is a stuffed Komodo dragon in the lobby of the Royal Hotel in Katmandu, Nepal. R: Er....they're of the lizard family? B: Yes. They are the world's largest living lizard and a ferocious carnivore. They have red darting tongues which suck in air and take it to their smelling glands in their throats. R: Do they eat other animals, these Komodo dragons? B: Yes, they're ferocious carnivores. In fact, they can gulp down the hindquarters of a deer in one bite. R: What about that smelly tongue they have? B:.....No......they have a red darting tongue which brings in air to their smelling glands. R: Doctor....I believe we've just about exhausted the subject. I want to thank you for coming here tonight, and incidentally, for any of our listeners who would like a transcript of Dr. Dexter's remarks, just write or phone Dr. Dexter at his Upper Montclair, New Jersey home.... B: ....I won't send it to them...... R: ....I know it was a great hardship for you to get here today, Doctor. Do you have a ride home? B: No, I don't. R: Well, mabye somebody from the audience will give you a ride home after the show. I think we all know a great deal more about the Komodo dragon now than we did a few minutes ago. Goulding-Elliott-Greybar