Eagerly anticipating our excursion to see the Komodo dragons today. Even the cruise
up to the island helps to whet our enthusiasm, as the topography appears to be straight
out of Jurassic Park.
Male Komoto dragons grow up to 10' long, live up to 50 years and can smell dinner
5 miles away. We were cautioned not to wear 'any' red, not to have cuts or
- they can run about 20 km/h but only in a straight line, so the guide rangers coached
us to run a zig zag pattern if chased. Rangers also carried forked sticks to control
the bad boys.
- Komodos lay eggs which incubate for 9 months with the female guarding them for
the first three. She abandones her broad for the remainder, only to return as they hatch,
with the intention of eating her new hatchlings. Somehow, the new born know to
escape, with trees becoming their refuge for 2 to 3 years.
- These goof balls are cannibals, so anyone smaller is on the menu, including recently
deceased family members.
- We were told that Komodos lay in ambush, then launch surprise attacks where they
bite their prey to wound them. The legend is that Komodos have 60 bad bacteria
in their saliva which disables the victim in a day or two. Well, a search of Net
verifies this is not true, as the dragons have normal saliva, but do have venom in
their gums which poisons prey.
Merrilynne and I aren't too worried as we can run faster than some of our companions!
Weather was perfect with a cloud cover and slight breeze. Our tour covered 5 km with
numerous komodos, deer and wild hogs being sighted. All in all, a great day.
Unidentified love birds
Yearling Komodo hanging out near civilization, likely safer!
Fleeting glimpse of a wild hog.
Escaped Komodos so far!