Two carnivorous giant lizards have become the newest arrivals at Chester Zoo.

The Komodo dragons are the world's largest species of lizard and have a deadly bite.

But now the male and female lizards are making their home in the Upton-based zoo, after travelling from Prague to become one of many reptiles housed in the Islands scheme's Danger exhibit.

The three-year-old lizards were named Jantan (male) and Ora (female) by members of the conservation team after arriving without names.

“The arrival of this new duo is fantastic news. They are stunning creatures and wonderful ambassadors for their cousins in the wild," said Gerardo Garcia, curator of invertebrates and lower vertebrates.

In the wild, Komodo dragons are classified as 'vulnerable to extinction' on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species.

Their numbers have declined due to widespread habitat loss, a reduction in prey species and conflict with humans.

They live on a diet of large mammals, reptiles and birds and can grow up to 10ft long and weigh upwards of 12 stone.

And Jantan and Ora are not the first of the deadly lizards to appear at the zoo.

In 2007 the Chester attraction hit the headlines after Flora - a Komodo dragon - gave birth without ever mating, in the first time a process called parthenogenesis had been witnessed in the species.