How to train your Komodo dragon

We don’t recommend buying yourself a Komodo dragon as a pet. But if you did somehow find yourself in possession of one, you could do worse than asking the keepers at San Diego Zoo how to keep it in line.

They’ve been training their Komodo dragons to follow brightly coloured paddles. It makes it easier to direct the huge lizards around their pens, and also gives the dragons some stimulation and exercise.

Around 4,000 dragons live wild on four Indonesian islands – including Komodo. They’re the world’s biggest lizard, growing up to 3.1 metres long. They can swim, run surprisingly fast, deliver a septic bite, and have been known to kill and eat humans.

Quite sensibly, the islanders have been building their houses on stilts for centuries.