Wait, Watch, Wait, Watch – Attack!
The Komodo dragon, which lives only on five arid islands in Indonesia is a picky eater; it scans the landscape patiently for that perfect leg of meat. Because it’s a cold-blooded reptile, it can survive on the inhospitable islands with only a dozen meals a year.
These massive dragons, which measure about 7 feet in length and weigh around 170 pounds, adopt a watch-and-wait hunting approach. A dragon may spend days motionless beside a forest track waiting for prey like deer to pass. Then, it explodes. Reaching speeds of 11 miles per hour, the dragon snaps its jaw shut on its prey, often overpowering it and devouring it on the spot.
However, if the prey manages to get away, it’s only a matter of time before the dragon’s bite takes its toll. The Komodo dragon is the world’s largest venomous animal; much like the snake, it produces poison that kills prey by preventing blood coagulation, leading to massive blood loss. While small prey stand no chance against the venom, larger prey like buffalos takes time. But patience is the dragon’s virtue, and so is teamwork, as up to seven dragons may group up and spend days stalking the wounded prey and attacking it till it dies. Then the team feasts—with the largest dragon eating first and gobbling up to 80 percent of its body weight in one sitting.