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Komodo Dragon - one explanation for the reports about Artrellia

The Artrellia (other names Au Angi-AngiKaiaimunuRharhru) is a dragon-like arboreal lizard, reported from Papua New Guinea. A huge lizard, with 12–40 feet (3.7-12 m) length, said to eat humans. In the 1930s, members of the American Museum of Natural History’s Archbold Expedition to the interior of Papua New Guinea were told of a man-eating dragon.

Robert Grant and David George were exploring the Strachan Island District in 1961 when they encountered a gray lizard about 26 feet (8 m) long. Its neck was more than 3 feet (90 cm) long.

An animal captured in swampland near the Gulf of Papua in 1980 by the Operation Drake Expedition proved to be a juvenile specimen of crocodile monitor. Its length has been variously reported as 6 feet 6 inches (2 m) and 7 feet 3 inches (2.2 m) long. One of the group’s zoologists, Ian Redmond, later sighted a 12-feet (3.7 m) long animal.

Possible explanation

  • The Crocodile monitor (Varanus salvadorii) has curved teeth, elongated toes,strongly curved sharp claws, and rubbery pads on the bottom of the feet. Its long tail is up to two and a half times the length of the head and body. The color is black, with white speckles. The animal may regularly grow about 8 feet long, and larger specimens can get to be 12 feet long.
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