See This Hungry Komodo Dragon Snag a Massive Fish and Gulp It Down in 3 Seconds Flat

Written by Zeek Lepakko
Updated: October 18, 2023
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The mesmerizing motions of lizards have enthralled people for years, and the Komodo dragon doesn’t disappoint. The below clip shares an almost adorable dragon ambling along a rocky river, clearly looking for lunch. After searching about for a bit, it turns out that sushi is on the menu for today! Our hungry explorer takes a moment to size up his quarry, and then decides to swallow it whole – something dragons are absolutely not shy about. As the clip closes up, we’re left with what appears to be a big reptile who’s still looking for seconds.

This kind of appetite fit for a dragon isn’t a surprise, as these critters are known to eat upwards to 80 percent of their body weight in a single day! However, they aren’t always lucky enough to scarf down that much chow, especially when prey is sparse.

Knowing that, let’s read on and discover more about this magical (if not a bit terrifying) animal!

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What Do Komodo Dragons Eat?

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) attacks the prey. It is the biggest living lizard in the world, Indonesia. Rinca island

The enormous Komodo dragon can grow up to around 150 pounds.

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The immense Komodo dragon is a carnivore, and an eager one at that. Given their limited habit, these huge reptiles actually don’t have much dietary variety available to them. That said, they’ve still chosen favorites, with the top two including deer and pigs. However, since they’re apex predators without a doubt, any animal they encounter could be considered dinner!

Now, not to get too spooky on these dragons, but that definition could clearly include humans being seen as an easy snack. However, you might be glad to know that these swift hunters rarely attack humans. As of this writing, only five fatal encounters are known to exist between people and the “killer” Komodo. A good rule of thumb here is that if you don’t bother them (or destroy their habitat), they’ll probably return the favor.

Are Komodo Dragons Sneaky?

Although these heavyweights have a wide gait, they’re actually quite good at the stealth game. Equipped with natural camouflage and a steely patience, Komodo dragons can hide in a stalking spot and wait for hours. Then, once opportunity presents itself, they will lunge into action and can easily overpower prey even twice their own size. All they need to get in is a single bite, and their quarry will be weakened by the notoriously strong dragon’s venom. While not quite like breathing fire, it’s pretty much just as dangerous!

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About the Author

Zeek is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering wildlife in Africa and international travel. Zeek has been studying animals for over 15 years and holds an Associate's Degree in Arts from Lone Star Montgomery, earned in 2011. A resident of Washington, Zeek enjoys designing video games and training his Shiba Inu, Cheems.

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