Researchers Discover Komodo Dragons Kill With Venom

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis).  Image credit:  Dezidor

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Image credit: Dezidor

Researchers discovered that the komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) utilizes venom to bring down prey.  Long thought to deliver a bite full of bacteria that was toxic to prey, scientists were able to discard that belief as myth.  Instead, the komodo dragon’s venom rapidly decreases blood pressure, helps to expedite blood loss, and sends a victim into shock.  For more information on this study, see here.

 

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