his gesture leaves no escape

Discovering the Komodo dragon, one of the most dangerous animals on Earth: everything you need to know about him.

Komodo Dragon (Picture Pixabay)

The Indonesian island of Komodo has a rather special history. Originally it was used as a kind of penal colony. Today it is one of the most fascinating and famous natural paradises in the world, with one-of-a-kind wildlife.

The natural park established there is home to many species of birds, wild pigs and water buffaloes. But, above all, a species that collects the largest living saurians. That is to say the famous Komodo dragons or Komodo monitor lizards. They are the descendants of a much larger population of Varanids, which populated the regions now between Indonesia and Australia and became extinct in the late Pleistocene.

The Komodo dragon indeed has a prehistoric air given to it by its appearance: massive legs, skin with gray and brown scales, the length of its body ranging from two to three meters. It is one of the most dangerous predators on the whole planet Earth, with long claws, and weighing between 80 and 100 kilos.

The Komodo dragon, how it attacks its prey: the deadly gesture

Komodo dragons have a massive build which is a truly destructive weapon. Indeed, they can attack prey weighing up to 450 kilos, such as buffaloes.

Komodo Dragon (Picture Pixabay)

Despite their size, they are surprisingly agile and fast, and their attacks leave no escape. Make no mistake about his generally slow movement: when he sprints to attack, he can reach peaks of 18 to 20 kilometers per hour. Approaching less than ten meters is indeed strongly discouraged even for humans.

When attacking, it bites with sharp, serrated teeth and its teeth penetrate the flesh of its prey inoculating a mixture of bacteria and deadly venom. If the prey also manages to escape, its blood is completely poisoned within a day or two.

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If the attack succeeds, however, the victim is lacerated with powerful bites, clenching the jaw and ripping out flesh in large quantities. A Komodo dragon can consume 80% of its weight in a meal and ingest almost all of its prey’s carcass, including bones and hooves.

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