Watch A Crocodile Try To Death Roll A Komodo Dragon

Written by Opal
Published: November 23, 2022
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When you think about wild animals going head-to-head with a crocodile, the vast majority of the time, the croc will come out on top. Viewers of a Youtube Short featuring a Komodo dragon and a crocodile leave viewers shocked! 

The Komodo dragon, which can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh 150 pounds or more, is the largest reptile currently existing on Earth. This surviving relic doesn’t fly or breathe fire, despite the fact that it may resemble a miniature version of the mythological dragons you see in films. 

It does, however, possess certain frightening characteristics, including as poisonous teeth, agility, and armored skin. One of these beautiful creatures can give the toughest animals, including crocodiles, a run for their money. 

The Youtube Short mentioned above shows a crocodile lunging to attack a Komodo dragon seemingly minding his own business. The dragon has no time for shenanigans and grabs the croc by the nose and begins to give him a taste of his own medicine.

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You see, alligators and crocodiles perform something called a “death roll” to capture prey. This involves spinning them around, usually underwater, until they’re so disoriented, the final attack is completed. This time, the Komodo dragon starts spinning the croc! 

The most well-known and horrifying crocodile behavior is likely the death roll. Nearly all creatures will die the minute a victim drops in a death roll. For the Crocodiles, the death roll serves a multitude of purposes.

When a crocodile strikes and grabs a large victim, it must drag the victim into the water where it will drown. To do this, the crocodile combines its advantage of being in the water and its own weight to roll constantly over the victim. It will ultimately pause, and the crocodile will undoubtedly use the death roll when the animal starts moving once more. 

How Do Komodo Dragons Hunt?

Massive creatures like Komodo dragons may slay larger animals like water buffalo, antelope, and wild boar. Fossil evidence suggests that when now-extinct dwarfed elephants frequented the area during the Pleistocene, they were also capable of taking them down. 

These lizards ambush their prey in order to capture it. They frequently possess the ability to camouflage in with the dull environment of their native island. They may wait patiently for an unwary animal to walk by before charging in and biting it.

A Komodo dragon’s hunger is in proportion to its size. These lizards may consume up to 80% of their own weight in food at once. While crocodiles are plenty larger than komodo dragons, a kill will simply mean they have food for multiple days. 

Take a look at the intense interaction between these two ancient creatures below! 

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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