Most lizards are omnivores, but not Komodo dragons. Meat is what they seek. Inside a Komodo dragon's mouth are about 60 short, sharp teeth that easily cut and tear flesh.
Komodo dragons use their long, forked tongues to pick up smells in the air. An adult Komodo dragon hides along a trail and waits for an unsuspecting creature to walk by; then it attacks with its sharp clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. and dangerous teeth. If the preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. escapes, the lizardAnimal that has a long, scaly body, four legs (usually), and a long tail. It is cold-blooded and has a backbone. will simply follow it at a leisurely pace. That’s because the dragon’s bite contains deadly bacteriaVery tiny plants. Bacteria are so small that they can only be seen through a microscope. Some kinds of bacteria cause disease. Others do useful things, like making soil richer. that will eventually kill its intended meal. Soon, other Komodo dragons will join in on the feast, fighting over the best pieces.
The magnificent Komodo dragon is endangeredAnimals or plants that survive in such low numbers that they could become extinct in a few years unless something is done to help the populations increase.. Humans have disturbed more and more of its natural habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows. and also hunt the same food these large lizards need to survive. But because they often eat dead animals as well as live ones, Komodo dragons help to keep the islands free of rotting carcasses.