Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Komodo Dragons have venomous bite
The Komodo dragon has a bite tinged with deadly venom, according to researchers. Previously it was thought the Komodo's mouth harboured virulent bacteria that quickly infected and subdued prey. But an analysis of Komodo specimens has shown a well-developed venom gland with ducts that lead to their large teeth. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report shows that rather than using a strong bite force, Komodos keep a vice-like grip on their prey. In this way, the venom can seep into the large wounds they make with their teeth.