Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) are the largest living species of lizard. Their size can reach 3 meters (10 feet) in length and weigh up to 300 lbs (136 kg). These giant lizards can be found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Flores, Rinca, Gili Motang and Gili Dasami.
Unlike most others lizards which are omnivores, Komodo dragons are carnivores. They eat almost everything, deer, wild buffalo, snakes, fish, and even carrion. Komodo dragons have clay-colored, scaly skin. Its help them to camouflage during hunting. Patiently, Komodo dragons wait for passing prey. When a victim approaches, the dragon attack with its powerful legs, sharp claws and teeth. When the prey got bitten by komodo, it doesn’t matter if it escapes. It’s because dragon’s bite contains deadly bacteria, and within 24 hours, the wounded prey usually dies of blood poisoning. The dragon simply follows an escapee as the bacteria take effect using its tongue to pick up smells.
Sources: National Geographic, San Diego Zoo
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