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Fire At Texas Zoo Kills Komodo Dragon, Other Reptiles

SAN ANTONIO (December 16, 2013) A Komodo dragon and five other reptiles died Monday in a fire at the San Antonio Zoo.

Zoo officials say an employee smelled smoke at around 6 a.m. Monday near the reptile area.

A 15-year-old Komodo dragon named Scatha died.

Another Komodo dragon, a 20-year-old male named Bubba, and dozens of other animals were safely evacuated from the smoke.

According to National Geographic, Komodo dragons can grow to 10 feet long and more than 300 pounds, making them the heaviest known lizards.

They are considered an endangered species.

Officials say the cause of the fire has not been determined, but suspect that it may be related to a heating device.

Zoo director Steve McCusker said the fire caused about $100,000 in damage.


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