Lizards, carcasses and bacteria

Do Komodo dragons kill their prey by making them sick with the bacteria from their dirty mouths? Or do they kill with strength, speed and venom while bacteria are just incidental? Or is it bacteria who hitch a ride on the lizards on their journeys from one juicy carcass to the next?

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Yes, yes, & yes.

The three functional scenarios presented are not mutually exclusive.

By darwinsdog (not verified) on 29 Jun 2010 #permalink