The Komodo dragon along the 3,000 species of lizards, definitely wins the prize for being the largest of them all! This huge animal grows up to 10 feet, while females stop at 6 feet. They weigh more than 300 pounds!
Where do this huge lizards live?
Komodo dragons live on only five islands in Southeastern Indonesia, and the Island of Flores. Can you believe that these huge guys have the smallest home range of any large predator in the world! Since during the day can be extremely hot, Komodo dragon will scratch shallow burrows to rest in at night to keep warm and as a cool shelter to retreat to from the heat of the day.
What do they eat?
Especially because they are the dominant predators in their habitat, Komodo dragons will eat anything that comes to their way, including carrion, deer, pigs, smaller dragons, and even large water buffalo. Like chameleons, the dragon can camouflage, and be patient and sneak up like a leopard. When the moment comes, this beast will use its sharp claws, and serrated, shark-like teeth to eviscerate its prey.
They are venomous.
Yes, beside their enormous size, shark teeth, and big claws, Komodo dragons have an additional feature. It has venom glands loaded with toxins that lower blood pressure, cause massive bleeding, prevent clotting, and induce shock. Dragons bite down with serrated teeth and pull back with powerful neck muscles, resulting in huge gaping wounds. The venom then quickens the loss of blood and sends the prey into shock.
The final kick.
If the pray by some miracle escapes the fear of Komodo dragon, it shouldn’t be happy for long. Because of the large amounts of bacteria in their saliva, the bitten victim won’t last more then 24 hours, and the predator will be right on its tail, following them all the time.
With all of this ferocity, you just couldn’t believe that this vicious animal can be playful? It’s difficult, but possible! Captive individuals have been observed playing with shovels, shoes and even frisbees! So, we shouldn’t always judge the book without reading it, right?
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