Komodo Dragon Lunges for Deer

Komodo dragon
(Varanus komodoensis)
Head portrait of a Komodo dragon, tongue out, tasting the air.
Komodo, Indonesia
Komodo dragons have long been known for their ferocious appetites and impressive hunting skills, and a recent video captured at a nature reserve in Indonesia showcases this predatory prowess.

In the video, a small deer can be seen lounging peacefully, unaware of the Komodo dragon creeping up on it. Suddenly, the dragon lunges forward, covering the ground between them in a matter of seconds with its powerful legs. The deer manages to flee, with the surprisingly speedy Komodo following closely behind.

Komodo dragons, which can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh over 150 pounds, are the largest living species of lizard on Earth and are known for their powerful jaws and sharp teeth.

It has long been speculated that these reptiles have weaponized bacteria in their saliva, to infect their prey and make it easier to overpower. However, recent research has revealed that this is not the case – instead, the dragons use venom to subdue their prey.

Komodo dragons are now only found on a handful of small islands in Indonesia, and are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss and hunting. Conservation efforts are underway to protect these ancient predators, and this video serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving the natural world and the incredible creatures that inhabit it.

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