Mysteries of the Komodo Dragon: The Biggest, Deadliest Lizard Gives Up Its Secrets (Hardcover)

The Biggest, Deadliest Lizard Gives Up Its Secrets

By Marty Crump

Boyds Mills Press, 9781590787571, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2010



Scientists discover the secrets of the Komodo dragon. This strange creature inspired myth and legend, luring brave souls into the forests of Indonesia to see if the tales were true. In the end, it attracted scientists, who unraveled the mysteries of how such a remarkable creature could exist, how it uses the deadly germs in its saliva to its advantage, and how those microbes may lead to cures for stubborn diseases. Wildlife biologist and children's writer Marty Crump describes how her friends, colleagues and other scientists tracked, studied, and escaped the Komodo dragon. Her dramatic text, complemented by photographs from key scientists, tells the true story of the world's deadliest lizard.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to the Komodo Survival Program.

About the Author

Marty Crump, PHD, is adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She has written several books for adults. Her writing for children has appeared in Highlights for Children magazine.