WHAT DO KOMODO DRAGONS EAT?




The Komodo dragon is the largest true lizard that alive in the world today. Related to monitor lizards, they can reach up to an impressive 3 metres in length. As a result of their size, these lizards dominate the ecosystems in which they live making them the top predator on the tiny Indonesian islands where it lives, but just what does a Komodo dragon eat?

What does a Komodo dragon eat?

The Komodo dragon will eat almost everything that it can catch and overpower - including other Komodo dragons! However, in its native habitat, the Komodo dragon will generally eat wild pig, deer and monkey.

The adult dragon can move quickly, but only over short distances so it tends to hunt by ambush.

As soon as anything edible wanders into range, the Komodo dragon leaps out to seize the prey in its powerful jaws.

The Komodo dragon will also eat carrion, which it is able to locate by 'tasting' the air using its highly sensitive, forked tongue.

The young Komodo dragon is much more mobile than the adult and as such hunts actively, feeding on a range of small mammals, young birds and even insects.

The Komodo dragon grips its prey in its claws and jaws, then violently twists its head and body in order to tear off chunks of flesh, which it then swallows.

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