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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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      Maria Mpho Masetla 7 years ago

      Seen one in the office and called the reptile centre in Kruger park,searched for it ,but did'nt find it.

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      Alexxia 7 years ago

      lol, cool :) I LLOOVVEE Komodo Dragons!!!

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      Shorty 6 years ago

      Youuuu r crazy if u think I'm getting near one

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      Jacky 6 years ago

      Hecks no u trippin

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      brennawelker 5 years ago

      Great information.

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      blondechick!:)xx 5 years ago

      ohh myy those komodos are HUGE!omg have to do an endangered species and lucy and i choose a komodo dragon......but what the hell we dont even no if its endangered haha good times goood times:)xxxand im never gna go near one of those things eeeeeeeep!luv you luce:)

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      me 5 years ago

      wow

      lolol

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      Edwin 5 years ago

      I am proud of Komodo being one of the new seven wonders

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      person 5 years ago

      cool i would love to see one up close I'm actually doing a report on it. its toatly endangered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Zombiez 5 years ago

      how do u no if its endangered? i dont think it is and i would really luv to go near a komodo dragon i've never seen 1 for real not like on tv....... lolz

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      dude3 4 years ago

      where r the hnting methds?????????????

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      mymom90 4 years ago

      luv ths site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      mat thompson 4 years ago

      they are big

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