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DECEMBER 23, 2015

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Pet of the Week: Kiko


Are Komodo dragons venomous?

Score one for the amateurs: For decades, biologists recognized only two venomous lizard species – the Gila monster and the Mexican beaded lizard. Some indigenous folk in Indonesia claimed that the huge Komodo dragon was also venomous. In an effort to dispel the Komodo venom gossip, investigating herpetologist Auffenberg determined in the 1960s that those “dragons” simply possessed super bad saliva bacteria which infected all wounds inflicted by the Komodo D’s bite. Those lizards were expertly declared to be non-venomous. Update: herpetologist Bryan Fry has re-examined the situation (using MRIs) and discovered that the “uneducated” locals had been correct. Komodo dragons are venomous. They have toxin secreting glands along their gum lines and are quite capable of injecting venom.