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Re: Varanus komodoensis feeding
On Fri, Oct 21st, 2011 at 8:55 AM, Brian Hathaway <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Besides purely mechanical effects, does the Komodo dragon's pulling actually
> release the venom (effectively)?
Their venom glands release venom when squeezed, so it would seem that clamping
down on their prey is what stimulates the release. Pulling back would then open
the wounds further
to allow the venom a better chance of entering the bloodstream.
The venom seems to be an adaptation for taking down prey much larger than
perhaps originally dwarf elephants, but it seems to work just as well on water
smaller prey is concerned (goats, deer, even humans), the jaws themselves are
sufficient to get the job done. Komodo monitors can remove the entire calf
muscle from a human
leg in one seemingly casual bite.
Spatial Data Analyst Australian Dinosaurs
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