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Old 02-10-2018, 07:39 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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There is still the longstanding school of thought that their saliva teems with deadly bacteria.


A second view allegedly found that rather than deadly bacteria, they secrete toxins, especially a powerful anti-coagulant. Victims that are not killed outright, bleed to death.


Another group followed the dragons for several weeks. The creatures stalked a water buffalo, not confronting it head on, but rather nipping at its rear legs. After a week the buffalo succumbed.


The scientists concluded that death occurred due to infection, not from dragon saliva, but rather from the feces-filled mud holes in which the buffalo wallowed. The germs entered the bites on the rear legs.


Seems that the controversy remains.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Very interesting....where are komodos located??? Africa?
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Very interesting....where are komodos located??? Africa?
Komodo Island, in Indonesia.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:25 AM
 
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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/a...komodo-dragon/


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There is a stable population of Komodo dragons on the islands of Komodo, Gila Motang, Rinca, and Flores. However, a dearth of egg-laying females, poaching, human encroachment, and natural disasters have threaten the species' population.


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Old 02-10-2018, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I'd forgotten they were strictly carnivores....and 300 lbs, wow.....
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I'd forgotten they were strictly carnivores....and 300 lbs, wow.....
I actually got to visit Komodo Island on a cruise back in 2016, and was able to see some dragons in the wild. They are very impressive animals! Like most reptiles, they seem slow most of the time, but the cam move incredibly quickly when they are hunting. Tourists are not permitted to hike the island without being accompanied by a local guide, who carries a long forked stick to keep any curious (or hungry) dragons at bay.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Jakarta
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These lizards can swim too, Be careful if you want to dive there.
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