Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Komodo Dragon Update

Komodo Dragons 'use poison to kill their prey' - Telegraph: "Scientists thought that the reptiles, which bite their prey and then let them go, allowing them to bleed to death, used only the bacteria from their mouths to hasten their victims' end.

But a new study shows that they use snake-like venom, making them the world's largest poisonous lizard.

'The view that the Komodo routinely kills using dirty oral bacteria is wrong,' said Dr Stephen Wroe from the University of New South Wales in Australia, a co-author of the report. 'The dragon is truly poisonous. It has modified salivary glands that ... allows it to kill large animals through rapid blood loss.'"

2 comments:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...
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Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Too bad Bob & Ray aren't around. They could update their act.