Watch This Gigantic Komodo Dragon Dominate a Turtle and Wear Its Shell as a Hat

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points:

  • Komodo dragons are carnivores and their diet mainly consists of meat. They hunt and eat a variety of prey, including deer, pigs, and water buffalo.
  • Komodo dragons are opportunistic feeders and will scavenge for food whenever possible. They are known to eat carrion, or dead animals, as well as smaller prey like birds and rodents.
  • After catching their prey, Komodo dragons use their sharp teeth to tear chunks of meat off the carcass. They swallow their food whole and can consume up to 80% of their body weight in one feeding.

This montage of clips of the mighty Komodo dragon hunting various prey is addictive viewing. They were all filmed on Komodo Island which is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of Indonesian islands. Inside this stunning national park, there are volcanic hills, forests, and grasslands as well as miles and miles of beaches.

All of the clips are amazing but when you scroll down to watch the full video make sure that you keep watching until around halfway when you get a hilarious glimpse of a gigantic Komodo that looks like it has got a turtle shell stuck on its head! It’s actually not a fashion statement, it’s lunch!

Komodo Dragon Saliva
Komodo dragons carry deadly bacteria in their mouth!

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Komodo Dragons in the Wild

Komodo dragons are found on just five Indonesian islands. They can live for up to 40 years and weigh up to 300 pounds. Some are over 10 feet in length! On these islands, they are apex predators and have perfected the technique of ambushing prey with speed and ferocity. These animals can take down prey that is much larger than them and are very aggressive.

Komodo dragons are excellent swimmers and can be seen swimming from one island to another. It also means that they can catch the occasional sea turtle.

Komodo Dragon Charging
Komodo dragons can weight up to 300 pounds!

Komodo Dragon Prey

The Komodo dragon diet is mostly made up of wild pigs, water buffalo, and deer. However, they will also target smaller snakes, lizards, and birds. Their hunting technique involves ambushing with great ferocity and speed.

A first attack on a larger animal is not always successful at first but these reptiles bide their time. They have such a potent mix of pathogens in their mouth that the poor animal often dies of sepsis in a day or so. Komodo dragons are more than happy to eat carrion – even if it has been killed by another animal. By flicking out their tongue, they can detect the chemicals given off by live and dead prey up to four miles away.

Eating is not a delicate process, these guys rip bits off the carcass, toss it into their mouths and swallow it whole by flexing their neck muscles. No chewing is required!

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About the Author

Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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