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Komodo Dragon facts and information

Updated on June 21, 2010
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Komodo Dragon - Nature's perfect predator

Komodo Dragon are nature's perfect predator and can kill its prey with just one bite. Komodo Dragon's saliva has so much potent bacteria that is extremely venomous to kill its prey quickly. Komodo dragon is just a large lizard and thrives in the harsh climate of Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands for millions of years. Read on to find more startling Komodo Dragon facts and information to find about these amazing creatures on planet Earth.


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Komodo Dragon facts

 Komodo dragons are the heaviest lizards on Earth that have long, flat heads with rounded snouts, scaly skin, bowed legs, and huge, muscular tails. They are the dominant predators on the land where they live and they will eat almost anything, including carrion, deer, pigs, smaller dragons, water buffalo and even humans. When hunting, Komodo dragons use their powerful legs, sharp claws and serrated, shark-like teeth to damage its prey in minutes. Even if you escape the bite of the dragon, you will not be saved. Dragon saliva has over 50 strains of deadly bacteria, and within 24 hours, the stricken creature usually dies of blood poisoning. Even if the prey runs off, these dragons will slowly follow them as the bacteria takes effect on the prey by using their keen sense of smell and eat the dead prey.

Komodo Dragon facts and information point out that hungry Komodos are attracted to villagers houses by the smell of drying fish and cooking thus making their human encounters more frequent leading to casualties. For hundreds of years, Komodo dragons lived in the human populated areas and never attacked humans. In recent years, they have started killing and eating humans which is scary. Their teeth are laterally compressed with serrated edges, resembling those of flesh-eating sharks. They have about 60 teeth that they replace frequently and are positioned to cut out chunks of its prey.  The highly flexible skull allows it to swallow large pieces of its food. The Komodos mouth is full of virulent bacteria and even if its prey survives the original attack, it will die of infection later.

Komodo Dragons attack their victim by biting and tearing at it repeatedly, then wait as it dies a lingering death. The dragon's sharp, serrated teeth wounds and opens up its prey's skin and the venom flows from the gland. The venom acts as an anticoagulant, increasing the blood flow and reducing blood pressure, and sends the victim into shock. The victim’s blood cannot clot and it bleeds to death. The venom makes the Komodo dragons the perfect killers even though their bite is much weaker than say a crocodile.

Komodo Dragon on National Geographic

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