National Geographic : 1936 Sep
00 ©Lady Broughton LIZARD TRAPS WERE SET IN THESE FOOTHILLS, WHICH OVERLOOK AQUIET BAY Dragons roam from the volcanic island's jagged mountain tops down to its sandy beaches. Komodo, 22 mileslong by12miles wide, was uninhabited till afew years ago, when the Raja of Soembawa established a convict settlement here. Wild boar, deer, water buffalo, gamebirds, and venomous reptiles such as cobras and vipers are plentiful. Existence of the dragon lizards was first reported by pearl fishermen to a Netherlands scientist in Java.