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It is so rare to see Komodo dragons in the nature and even more to see them fighting. I was so lucky to see it all few weeks ago in Indonesia at Komodo National Park. Komodo male dragons are fighting for the female or for the territory and only during the mating period between May and August. We went there in the middle of October and our guide in the park could not believe that we were so lucky. He said that he saw only 2 fights in the period of 8 months :) Incredible and scary experience to be so close to these fighting species. It took only few seconds and only one chance to take the picture ...

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Komodo dragons are the world's heaviest living lizards. They can grow to a length of 10 feet (over 3 meters) and weight of 200 lbs (91 kg.). Females are usually under 8 feet and weigh about 150 lbs. (68 kg.).

The Komodo dragon's keen sense of smell, if aided by favorable wind, enables it to seek out carrion. up to 5 miles (8.5 kilometers) away. Despite its size, the Komodo is fast moving and agile. They can climb trees and like all monitor lizards they are good swimmers.

Their teeth are laterally compressed with serrated edges, resembling those of flesh-eating sharks. They have about 60 teeth that they replace frequently and are positioned to cut out chunks of its prey. The highly flexible skull allows it to swallow large pieces of its food. The Komodos mouth is full of virulent bacteria and even if its prey survives the original attack, it will die of infection later.

Young dragons up to 29 inches (.75 meters) are vulnerable and therefore dwell in trees, safe from predators and cannibalistic parents.

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