The fierce carnivore tracks the wounded creature and dines at its leisure once the prey collapses. Researchers have long thought that the Komodo dragon, native to Indonesia, kills via blood poisoning caused by the multiple strains of bacteria in the dragon’s saliva.
The Komodo dragon, also known as the Komodo monitor, is a member of the monitor lizard family Varanidae that is endemic to the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang.
Speed: 20 km/h (Maximum, On Land, Sprint)
Conservation status: Vulnerable Encyclopedia of Life
Scientific name: Varanus komodoensis
Clutch size: 20
Mass: Male: 79 – 91 kg (Adult), Female: 68 – 73 kg (Adult)
Length: Male: 2.6 m (Adult), Female: 2.3 m (Adult)