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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Villagers Fear Komodos

The increased attacks by Komodo dragons are terrorizing the local villages. (News source.)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Komodos Have Venom Glands

Bryan Fry has confirmed the presence of venom glands in Komodo dragons: "magnetic resonance imagery has for the first time uncovered venom glands containing a shock-inducing poison which increases blood flow and decreases blood pressure. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Komodo Attack

An Indonesian man was killed by two Komodo dragons when he illegally stopped on an island in Komodo National Park to pick fruit. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Komodo Attack

A Rinca island park ranger was attacked in his hut by a Komodo dragon, and mauled on the hand and foot. He was able to escape. (News source.)

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Komodo Bite

A 3-year old Komodo dragon at the Virginia Aquarium got a little overeager at feeding time and bit a keeper. (News source.)

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Lizard News

Islanders are upset that Conservancy control of the Komodo National Park has created situations that endanger the locals. (News source.)

Geckos rely on their tails for mobility. (News source.)

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Scuba Divers vs Komodo

5 stranded European scuba divers on a small remote Indonesian island had to fend off an aggressive Komodo before help arrived. (News source.)


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Komodo Coming

St. Augustine Alligator Farm is building a new exhibit for a Komodo Dragon. (News source.)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

PNG Lizard Search Cancelled

The search for a "Komodo dragon" reportedly roaming loose on the west coast of PNG has been called off, as it appeared to be a case of hysterical rumors with no substantial evidence that such a lizard was actually present. It may have been a hoax, or a misidentification. (News source.)

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

More Parthenogenic Komodos

The Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas has hatched a couple of male Komodo dragons from eggs laid by an unfertilized female. This is the third documented case of parthenogenesis in the species. (News source.)

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Komodo Dragon Kills Boy

An 8-year-old Indonesian boy was killed by a Komodo dragon unexpectedly met in the brush on that island. It bit and shook the boy before being driven away with stones thrown by the boy's uncle. The boy later died from the injuries. This was the first fatal attack in 33 years. (News source.)