Komodo dragon Sheldon gets check-up at the Brevard Zoo

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The Brevard Zoo says that 10-year-old Sheldon, a Komodo dragon who recently arrived at Brevard Zoo from St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, underwent a check-up last week and received high marks in all areas.

Zoo staff say that they examined Sheldon's overall body condition,drew blood, captured X-ray images, and used a sonogram machine to view his internal organs. he measured measured 7’2” long and weighed just over 100 pounds. He may still have some growing to do, as the largest known Komodo dragon reached 10 feet and 366 pounds. 

Sheldon is said to still be living behind the scenes, but he will join four-year-old female Sha-Sha in the Zoo’s Lands of Change: Australia and Beyond exhibit this Summer. 

The zoo says that nearly a dozen animal care professionals participated in the procedure, which was overseen by a veterinarian and two curators. Their breeders say that they hope to see breeding behaviors and eventually offspring.