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Varanus Komodoensis

Yes, I have visited the legendary Komodo a while ago. The Komodo, that mythical creature we can compare with like the myth of the goddess (read more ahead).

This monitor genus, named Komodo lived its own evolutionary history and, in the prehistoric past (it's said about 140.000.000 years!), the creature probably lived throughout the entire region from Timor, Sumba, Flores and other Indonesian islands all to Australia, maybe connected with eachother.

Only when later water did separate all of the different islands for now, then the areas isolation and strong ocean currents assured the legendary Komodo's survival. It's a true fact the Varanus komodoensis (the world's large carnivores) has the smallest permanent habitat range, being confined to Pulau Komodo, Pulau Padar, and Pulau Rinca. But be aware they also inhabit the Westerly tip of the island of Flores and on other neighbour island ...

Komodo dragons sleep at night and hunt during the day. Some smaller ones may spend their nights in a den. During the day, they follow a weel-known route looking for food. Adult dragons will eat young dragons (included their own kids) if given the chance. Some dragons swim to nearby islands to go for a hunt ... And why mentioning a Goddess? See >>>

DRAGON & FEMALES

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Bad Breath

These giant reptiles really look like dragons, so may be they truly are the source of the ancient Asian Dragon myths, what is told. And they have truly dragon breath. After they feed on rotting flesh, bits of the flesh rot in their teeth. Bacteria from the flesh lives in their mouths, making a sickening, rotten smell.

That means trouble to humans. Because a bite is dangerous and injurious. After they cut a tendon or tear a muscle, the injured animal limps away. A bacterial infection from the dragon's mouth kills the animal in a day or two. The dragon, along with siser & brother-dragons, tracks down the body by following the stench. For some reason, the Komodo Dragon prefers aged meat ... even in the Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam (see pic)!

Warning - Danger

Pulau Komodo

Pulau Komodo, Komodo Island, Indonesia, is one of the most dangerous places in the world. Tropical typhoons rip trees from their roots. Strong currents swirl over the reefs, causing shipwrecks that leave castaways on the island.

And during the rainy season, the wet monsoon, the king-cobra and other poisened snakes patrol the island's forests and grasslands. Deadly spiders hang from their webs, ready to jump for a 4 to 5 m. leap. Poisened millipedes march through the underbrush, and rats, as big as grown-up cats, swarm over the kampung-place.

Still feel welcome entering Komodo Island!
Keep silent and wait for the hiss of the Komodo!
And bring a lot of water-in-bottle!

Bottle Of Water

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Dragon-watch, adventure, jungle-rest, ocean-drive, wildlife
  • Cons:Dragon-bites, insect-spray = a must & drink/food supplies & visit-permit
  • In a nutshell:Dragon Killers Alive With Bad Breath
  • Last visit to Pulau Komodo: Apr 2001
  • Intro Updated Apr 12, 2010
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2009 at 6:34 AM

    Very interesting page and info about the Komodo Dragon. I didn't realize that it was virtually unknown until the 20th century. I liked the legend about the Komodo Dragon Princess.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Nice page!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2007 at 2:58 AM

    Saw Komodo dragons feeding in Singapore zoo. Must be amazing to be staying overnight on an island crawling with wild flesh eating giant land reptiles. You are very brave. Thanks for sharing a wonderful travel.

  • cokes's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2006 at 5:16 PM

    Hi Roy , I must say this is a really good page and with great tips and pics. I`m very interested in visiting here.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2006 at 10:59 PM

    Wow, really good page on Komodo island & of course the dragons!

  • catkin's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2005 at 8:04 AM

    Fantastic page!! I have only seen Komodos in zoos-awesome!

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 2:06 PM

    Wow! What an amazing page Roy! Boy am I jelous that you saw the Komodo Dragons.!!!! One day I may be lucky enough to visit - your warnings did not deter me :-)

  • DidiBeachBum's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2005 at 2:35 AM

    Happy belated juga ya om Roy. Di notification cuman dibilang ur bday coming soon tapi ga ada tanggalnya ehhehehe ternyata tgl 6 ya.. {^_^}v

  • l_joo's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2005 at 3:05 PM

    ...still remember I wanted to visit this pulau to see the dragons when I was a young boy. But sure one day I can make it.

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2005 at 7:43 AM

    Fascinating page, Roy. Well written, end excellent presentation !... Thank you.

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