For hundreds of years during the age of exploration, western scientists heard stories about giant dragons living on jungle islands in southeast Asia. Sailors and explorers from Europe and America didn't believe the tales. Today, however, scientists know that the seemingly ridiculous myths are actually true.
The awesome Komodo Dragon lives deep in the jungles of some of planet Earth's most remote islands. These dragons are the largest lizards in the world. They are also among the most dangerous animals known to man.
The Komodo Dragon is a killing machine. Its teeth alone are jagged, poison-covered knives that can tear the flesh of a pig clean off. A master of the art of stealth-killing, the Komodo Dragon, hides in bushes, and pounces on its prey, and tears it apart.
This fearsome dragon species can eat up to 80 percent of its body weight in only one sitting. Komodo Dragons will eat whole deer, pigs, goats, and even other Komodo Dragons. This creature weighs a whopping 220 pounds, but it can weigh even more depending on what it last ate.
Komodo Dragon's are found near an island called Komodo, hence the species' name. They are so bloodthirsty that they will even dig up dead islanders and eat them. That's why Komodo natives bury their dead extra deep, so they won't get eaten.
The Komodo Dragon is definitely a force to be reckoned with. It is notorious for killing: it will not even think twice before attacking humans, or eating their corpses for that matter.
[source: Deadliest Animals]