Komodo Dragon

Also known as Komodo Monitor


Komodo Dragon

The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is native to Rinca, Komodo, Flores, Padar and other Indonesian Islands. They can live 30 years and grow to 7.5 - 8.5 Feet. Their conservation statis is Vulnerable (VU).

Komodo Dragons are carnivores, and should not be kept as pets. They’re often found in zoos but primarily in the wild.

Diet

As mentioned above, the Komodo is a monitor type carnivore. They enjoy the hunt and often set up an ambush site for incoming prey. They often go for the throat of the animal and should they only wound their target, they can track the wounded prey from nearly 6 miles away (5.9 miles). Full grown Komodo dragons have been known to take down animals many times their size. Deer, water buffalo and other large game are a few of the larger animals they often fall victim to the hungry Komodo monitor.

Saliva

The saliva found in the mouth of a wild Komodo dragon often carries septic pathogens, and usually the bacteria known as E. coli. A study at the University of Texas revealed that the rapid growth of these bacteria’s was much faster than usual. It is unknown as to how the monitor is not affected by this. As you can imagine, the prey of a Komodo dragon not only deals with their incredible force but should they escape with only a few bites, now they are likely infected with a number of septic wounds which can ultimately kill the animal while the monitor continues tracking them over miles of terrain.

Komodo Dragons found in zoos and captivity are fed a clean diet and often antibiotics, this helps to prevent the bacteria in their mouth.


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