Komodo dragons live on a handful of islands in Indonesia, but their reputation has spread far and wide. Reaching lengths of up to 10 feet, the razor-toothed monitor lizards hunt deer in packs and have even attacked humans on occasion. But actually, they are real homebodies, according to a study published Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
A decade of observations at 10 sites on four islands has revealed that the dragons essentially never leave the valley where they were born. It’s not that they can’t. They are capable of traveling many miles and through rough terrain, if necessary. They just don’t seem to feel like it.
“They stay put almost irrespective of how bad it gets,” Dr. Jessop said. “It’s a bit bewildering. […] Really what they’re trying to do, is not rock the boat”. (1)
We humans on the other hand, we like to travel.
To see new places, to do new things.
Because we always want more.
We are never satisfied with what we have.
Those lizards can stay home. We will go to the stars!
Powerful! Clever! Masters of the universe!
And yet, upon reaching the boundaries of the cosmos…
We will still be miserable in our quest for more…
Having everything and still naming it nothing…
The planet is empty now.
We have left long ago.
Traveling into the void.
Back on Earth.
A lizard still remains.
Inside a house.
Long away from home.
A picture on the floor.
With me on it.