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Komodo Island, located within the Republic of Indonesia, has great mystery to it. In fact, it is considered to be a modern day Jurassic Park. It’s one of the only locations in the world that you can see the last living link to dinosaurs in a habitat they have roamed for thousands of years.
Years ago, the island was used as a place of exile for convicts. Today, there are decedents of these convicts that still live among the creatures. The creature on the island most feared is the world’s largest living lizard, The Komodo dragon.
Tourists flock for miles to see these miraculous animals however, unless you’re with an experienced tour group or scuba diving instructor near the island please beware.
These animals have a bad reputation. There is a reason why they have sustained their presence for thousands of years. The reason being, they are at the top of the food chain on this island. “You’re just there for bait.” Many visitors don’t stay long especially when the dragons start to recognize your presence. When they start to stare you down and just keep on staring, that would probably be a good indicator to leave.
Komodo dragons will hide in the brush and the darkness waiting to prey on their latest victim. When they find a victim they use their most powerful weapon to arm themselves against harm, this being their saliva. The Komodo’s saliva is made up of lethal bacterium that is also found on the armored points all over their skin. They have no enemies except for larger Komodo’s however; these creatures are immune to each other’s bacteria so it’s a battle of strength and wits over armory.
Komodo’s can typically grow up to 10 feet in length and up to 200lbs, with the female typically weighing in at 150lbs.
Scientists who have visited the island have begun testing Komodo Saliva and its uses for combat and warfare. It’s a challenge even for experienced handlers who use ropes and poles to steady the animal for testing. The biggest risk is if you touch the animal or get a measly, wimpy bite from them, it will lead to death. Scientists are forced to carry vaccines if this does occur.
Unfortunately, there are only 3000 known Komodo’s around in existence. They are the last living link to our dinosaur past.
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