Watch These Two Muscular Komodo Dragons Trade Intense Blows

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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Updated: November 15, 2023

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As the top predators in their ecosystems, komodo dragons rule over certain areas. Western scientists first documented Komodo dragons in 1910. They are well-liked zoo attractions due to their enormous size and ferocious reputation.

The tongue of a Komodo dragon is long, yellow, and deeply forked. Its tail is also as long as its body. Its armored scales, which include small bones called osteoderms and serve as a form of organic chain mail, strengthen their typically gray skin. 

Komodo dragon skin is a poor leather-producing option due to its tough hide. Also, as the Komodo dragon matures and grows, its osteoderms ossify more broadly and take on a wider variety of shapes.

Although they do engage in some nighttime activity, komodo dragons are more active during the day. They live alone and only gather to mate and eat. They can grow to a length of up to 10 feet and weigh between 150 and 300 pounds.

Based on the size of the dragon, males will guard and defend a territory that is around 1.2 miles long. The feeding areas will grow and might be divided with other males. The dragons keep tunnels within their primary ranges that they utilize to control their body temperatures.

That being said, it’s not uncommon for two male Komodo dragons to fight. They are territorial creatures and will protect their home against invading dragons. During the mating season, male dragons are especially hostile to other males. 

In order to establish dominance and obtain access to females, they will attack, claw, and wrestle with one another.

Battle For The Babes

A video from a zoo shows this happening right in front of visitors’ eyes! It almost feels like you’re watching a professional wrestling match and these two komodo dragons waste no time getting physical.

Two Komodo Dragons (Varanus Komodoensis) do battle

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About 30 seconds into the video, the real action starts and a fight breaks out between the dragons. The animals check each other out and never seem to break eye contact. 

They quickly jump up on their hind legs, which is impressive in itself. Next, they slam their bodies into each other in what appears to be an aggressive hug! With no desire to actually lovingly embrace each other, these creatures continue to fight to the ground so one can come out as the most dominant! 


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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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