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Komodo Dragons are native to Indonesia

Komodo Dragons are native to Indonesia

This picture may be a bit out of sequence but is of a Komodo Dragon in the Bali Safari. I do not even remember when I spotted this animal and when I photographed it, but here it is. One of the largest lizards known, Komodo Dragons are native to Indonesia and are considered very dangerous animals. They are almost exclusively found on Komodo Islands. These massive lizards have extremely poor eyesight but supremely brilliant sense of smell, which helps them smell prey from several kilometres away. They have been known to attack man, though I've not heard of actual predation on humans, probably because humans have access to anti venom and medical care. There are a couple of stories floating around of Komodo Dragons preying on humans though, but though bites are common, how authentic these accounts of actual predation are are subject to discussion. The Komodo Dragons have a very cruel killing technique- they bite the poor victim and allow it to walk away. The poor victim then dies several hours or even a couple of days later when the wound gets infected and causes the prey animal much pain and suffering. And this is where the Komodo Dragon's sense of smell comes it- once they smell death, they move in and bite large chunks off the dead prey animal and really pig it down, fighting themselves in the process and sometimes putting their entire head right into the empty body cavity of the pray animal while feeding. Komodo Dragons drool a lot, and it was believed until fairly recently that it's the bacteria from this drool which causes the bite wound to become infected, on the prey animals and due to which death takes so long. It now seems that that drool is actually mildly toxic, and it's not the bacteria, but the venom which acts on the wound. Since the wound is not as toxic as that of a snake, the prey animal does not die immediately, but after several hours or even days as I said earlier. Using this bite -now- eat- later technique, Komodo Dragons take down prey as large as water buffalo. Here is where humans have an advantage- given quick medical attention, the wound can be disinfected and the human's life saved- prey animals in the wild do not have that facility. (Bali, Indonesia, May 2018)

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Photo prise le 1 mai 2018 (© shankar s. / Flickr)

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