Kingly Komodo Dragons

When I first heard about komodo dragons as a young kid, the most exciting part of the creature was the name. “A real dragon?!” I thought. One might think that with that expectation the real thing might have been a disappointment, but the real thing is every but as scary and awesome as a dragon might be. I knew this had to be the animal for the letter K.

Komodo dragons are a large type of monitor lizard. They live on a few Indonesian islands: Rinca Island, Flores Island, Gili Montang Island, and Komodo Island from where they get their name. Komodos are solitary creatures who live in burrows. One of the most interesting things about komodo dragons is their saliva. While they have a venom, it is only an anticoagulant which prevents wounds from healing. The true deadly force of their bite comes from the bacteria in their mouths, which causes prey to die of an infection. Sitting at the top of the food chain in the islands where they live, they are truly kingly!

Cites:

Bull, J. J., et al. “Deathly Drool: Evolutionary and Ecological Basis of Septic Bacteria in Komodo Dragon Mouths.” PLoS ONE, vol. 5, no. 6, 21 June 2010, p. e11097, 10.1371/journal.pone.0011097.
Accessed 24 Sept. 2020.

“Komodo Dragon.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 8 Apr. 2019,
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon

4 thoughts on “Kingly Komodo Dragons

  1. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. The pictures are pixely because when I made them I expected them to be a lot smaller, and it doesn’t show the actual size of the featured image on the editor so I didn’t catch it till I switched to the drawing section of the blog. So it’s probably on the blog’s end unless you can’t see it at all.

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  2. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

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    1. Sounds like the crab liked her! It’s so cool that you found one, I’m sure it was quite memorable. I’m not near the beach so I don’t usually see crabs, but your story kinda reminds me of a similar story that happened to me as a kid with a green lightning bug (they’re the ones eat other lightning bugs), I was catching fireflies and the green one caught my eye, so I tried to catch it and behold it bit me! Didn’t hurt so much as scare me, but I’ll always remember it. My mom used it as an opportunity to teach me about lightning bug species, and now we love to look back and laugh about it. I’m sure you two will have lots of fun laughing about that time when she suddenly discovered a hermit crab. Thank you for sharing your story. 🙂

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