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Indonesian Wildlife

Indonesia is home to many interesting animals and plants. The biggest lizard in the world, the Komodo dragon, lives on the island of Komodo. It is so big that it can eat a goat in a few bites! Indonesians refer to the Komodo dragon as the 'ora', or land crocodile. The largest one ever measured was over 10 feet long. The biggest flower in the world, the Rafflesia, is found on the island of Sumatra. This flower is more than 3 feet across! The orang utan, an orange colored ape, also lives in the forests of the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. The name 'Orang utan' means person of the forest. Orang utans are mostly vegetarian. Like chimpanzees, they love bananas and milk. Indonesia is also home to a species of tiger. One of the rarest animals in the world is the Javanese tiger of which less than a handful are left.