Here be Dragons

While at the Birmingham Zoo, I saw a Komodo Dragon.  I have been fascinated by these creatures for a long time, because they are so unique.

  • These lizards are massive in size.  They can reach 10 feet in length and weigh 155 pounds.
  • The Komodo Dragon looks like a lazy lumbering creature, but it is actually very fast.  It can reach speeds of 12 miles per hour.
  • They are strong enough to kill a water buffalo.
  • It was once believed the Komodo Dragons were poisons lizards, because once a prey was bitten it would die within a couple of days from complications of the bite.  However, scientist discovered the prey’s death was actually caused by the toxic bacteria in the dragons mouth.  (Think about that for a minute.  The Komodo Dragon must have the nastiest breath on earth.)

I was glad to get a chance to see a living Komodo Dragon.  That was cool.

One thought on “Here be Dragons

  1. They really are fascinating. I saw a series on Animal Planet once, did you know if one of them bites a victim, the smell of its blood attracts more dragons and together they stalk the prey until it dies? Fascinating. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one live, so I am a little jealous of you now 😉

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