Sunday, June 24, 2007

Deer for lunch?

After having shown a picture of a young monitor lizard in our room on Pandan island, Mindoro I need to share three pictures from Komodo Island in Indonesia. While the monitor lizard grows up to 2 ½ meters, the komodo varanus (or komodo dragon) is reaching some 3 meters. Interesting, the weight of a komodo dragon is about 50 to 70 kilogram when the stomach is empty but it quickly reaches 100 to 150 kilogram depending on how much food the komodo dragon can find. The good thing about these pictures from August 1992 is the fact that most of these komodo dragons are still there. Komodo dragons have a life expectancy of up to 50 years. One more sentence on caution, komodo dragons run up to 30km/h and are known to be fast swimmers.

Photo above: Feeding timor deer, the komodo dragon's main prey.

Photo above: It can get quite crowded when only one deer is served.

Photo above: Ouups, the deer's stomach exploded.

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At June 24, 2007 at 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brommel: Great pictures! Regarding your last picture it doesn't look like the stomach, looks like purging the bowels

At June 24, 2007 at 8:05 PM, Blogger brommel said...

thanks but I am not quite sure due to the color....

At June 26, 2007 at 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

komodo, one of my dream destinations aside from galapagos :)

At June 28, 2007 at 1:06 PM, Blogger brommel said...

tutubi: see my blog from 28 June 07 where I brought Galapagos and E.T. together. Will send some more pics on the Galapagos in the next weeks


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