Encounter with the Komodo dragons

Photographing the Komodo dragons in their natural habitat on Rinca island was certainly one of the most thrilling and rewarding experiences!

Rinca together with Komodo and Padar are the main islands of the Komodo National Park. It is one of the few places in Flores, Indonesia, and in the world inhabited by these huge four-million-years old lizards. Komodo dragons use their tongue to detect a prey by smell. When hunting, they rely on their stealth, strong legs and serrated teeth. Their saliva, containing over 50 strains of bacteria, poisons the prey and kills it within 24plus hours. Komodos’ mating period is between June-August. They lay eggs which hatch after nine months. IUCN lists Komodos as “vulnerable”.

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