Secrets of the Komodo dragon bite

Posted by on April 14th, 2008


Researchers have come to a conclusion as to why the Komodo dragon’s bite is a lot worse than it should be for a mouth of that size. Besides the infectious diseases they carry in their mouths and the 60 little daggers of teeth, the real power isn’t in their jaws, but in their necks. With neck muscles not normally seen outside of Eastern German Olympic training facilities, the 10 foot long beasts can bring down equally sized creatures. Making matters worse (or better depending upon your spot in the food pyramid) its throat muscles also help pull food into their gullet.

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If that’s not freaky enough for you, there’s the whole virgin birth thing. These creatures can reproduce without even mating.

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Komodo dragon at Wikipedia

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