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It’s not their dirty mouths

Komodo dragons kill prey with venom, not oral bacteria, study suggests

2:00pm, May 18, 2009

Add shock-inducing venom to the list of reasons to avoid Komodo dragons. The fierce lizard may kill its prey in a way similar to some snakes, researchers report online May 18 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding contradicts the widely held notion that Komodo lizards rely on nasty bacteria and resulting infection to kill prey.

The world’s largest living lizards, Komodo dragons are fervent predators found only in Indonesia. The dragons are quick, strong and large (the largest report

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