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The Komodo dragon

Varanus komodoensis, the Komodo dragon, is the largest extant lizard in the world. The biggest recorded specimen was well over 3m long and weighed a mammoth 150kg, but most fully grown males are around 2m and 60kg. The dragon usually strikes down prey with its immensely powerful tail or slices the leg tendons with scalpel-sharp fangs. Once the animal is incapacitated, the dragon eviscerates it, feeding on its intestines while it slowly dies. With larger prey, the dragon may simply bite the animal, then trail it until the wound becomes fatally infected from the reptile’s toxic saliva.

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