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Komodo dragons kill prey with venom-ScienceNews

Postby wolfhnd on May 18th, 2009, 10:57 pm 

It’s not their dirty mouths
Komodo dragons kill prey with venom, not oral bacteria, study suggests
By Laura Sanders
Web edition : 2:00 pm

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.

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Credit: IMAGE: Chris Kegelman

Re: Komodo dragons kill prey with venom-ScienceNews

Postby BioWizard on May 18th, 2009, 11:00 pm 

That would make a lot more sense than biting your prey then stalking it for days until the wounds get fatally infected.
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