Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Komodo Dragons Maul Fruit-picker to Death

Yes, this sounds like something out of a movie (and to be honest, there have been horror movies made about this sort of thing, one even starring Jill Hennessy of Law & Order and Crossing Jordan). But it's reality. A fruit picker in Indonesia was mauled to death when he fell from a tree into the waiting jaws of two Komodo dragons lying below.

The Komodo dragon is a species of the monitor lizard family that inhabits the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang in Indonesia. It is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 ft) and weighing around 70 kilograms (150 lb).

31-year-old Muhamad Anwar was attacked on Komodo, one of the islands listed above. He was, in fact, trespassing, in search of fruit. Bleeding badly from bites to his hands, body, legs and neck, he died at a clinic on the neighboring island of Flores soon after.

According to reports, the first attack in 30 years occurred in 2007. Since then attacks have become more common.

Another risk from a Komodo dragon attack is the fact that its saliva contains a host of bacteria, as many as 50 different strains, so infection is a risk.

Watch a video on Komodo dragons from National Geographic below:

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It is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 ft) and weighing around 70 kilograms (150 lb).

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