Surprising Facts About Komodo Dragons

 

Although we don’t recommend owning a Komodo Dragon as a pet, there are plenty of exciting things about these creatures. They are the heaviest lizards on this planet and have a behavior similar to people. Apart from that, Komodo Dragons are also surprisingly smart and even playful. Have we sparked your interest? Here are some other fascinating facts you should know about them.

 

Late discovery

Even though there were many animal species that became extinct in the 20th century, the good news is that scientists also found new ones. The Komodo Dragons were discovered in 1912, but their existence dates back thousands of years ago.

Natives from the Komodo Island in Indonesia, the lizards’ natural habitat, also named them “ora” which translates to “land crocodile.” And judging by their dimensions, the locals weren’t far from the truth.

 

 

They are venomous creatures

Although these creatures were considered dangerous ever since their discovery, it wasn’t until 2009 that a researcher at the University of Melbourne, Australia, came up with a conclusion. The dragon’s venom is capable of decreasing blood pressure and determining blood loss which will send its victims into shock.

Some of the chemical compounds contained by the dragon venom are similar to those found in the world’s most dangerous snake, the Taipan.

 

Impressive size

Did you know that an adult Komodo dragon can measure up to 10 feet in length and weigh around 300 pounds? In other words, these creatures are almost as big as a regular car and as heavy as a panda bear. But, despite their large dimensions, the dragons are very fast and successfully hunt their prey, no matter its size.

 

They eat their body weight in one meal

It comes as no surprise that such big creatures come with big stomachs. Most dragons feed on goats, pigs, deer, and other smaller Komodo dragons but they can eat their entire body weight in one meal! However, similar to alligators and crocodiles, it takes them a while until they digest all the food, meaning they are able to survive a few weeks until their next meal.

 

Compensating senses

Although the Komodo dragons can’t seem to see very well, they compensate through a sharp sense of smell. Similar to other reptiles, they make use of their forked tongues to smell prey and potential victims.

Although further studies are yet to be conducted, it is believed that the dragons can smell a corpse from 6 miles away. This can prove rather inconvenient, especially in areas where humans and these creatures live together because the dragons are notorious for grave robbing.

Because of this, people living in the area decided to switch to clay grounds or sandy ground to bury their deceased and cover their bodies with big piles of stones.

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