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Re: Tyrannosaurus Tail Torque

--- On Sun, 11/21/10, Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:

> From: Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>
> Subject: Re: Tyrannosaurus Tail Torque
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Date: Sunday, November 21, 2010, 6:15 PM
> On Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010 at 9:25 AM,
> Andrew Mollo <amollo38@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> "Now Komodo dragons on the other hand...from what
> I've seen they can take
> >> quite some time before they rip and animal's belly
> open and get to the
> >> guts."
> > 
> > Komodo dragons take "quite some time" because their
> prey usually die as a
> > result of sepsis and bacteremia.
> Komodo monitor venom kills any escaped prey too fast to
> allow for bacterial infections to take hold 
> (mainly via uncontrolled hemorrhaging). The old 'infectious
> bite' theory is a myth.


As is the theory (speculation really) that Komodo dragons bite and release and 
then wait for their prey to die. The venom in ora mouths does little more than 
cause general weakness. Prey die because the dragons are breaking the prey's 
necks, or severing their Achilles tendons and later disemboweling them.