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The Mighty Komodo Dragon Defeated By Moray Eel

Komodo Dragon electrocuted By Eel
Credit: Youtube / Komodo Fandom

In the lush Indonesian archipelago at the Komodo National Park, a Komodo dragon, the apex predator of its habitat, tried engorging a moray eel. This was obviously a mistake. Here we compare the two parties of this encounter.

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Komodo Dragon via Depositphotos.


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Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world. Image via Depositphotos

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the world’s largest lizard species and can grown up to 10 ft (3 m) long and weighing over 150 lb (68 kg).


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Close up Portrait of Komodo dragon with open mouth. Image via Depositphotos

These creatures have muscular bodies and powerful limbs, allowing them to overpower prey much larger than themselves. Further, despite their size, Komodo dragons are surprisingly agile and fast when hunting or defending their territory.


The Biggest Komodo Dragon Ever Recorded
The Komodo dragon stands on its hind legs and a fellow dragon. Image via Depositphotos

Their scaly skin is typically a combination of earthy tones, ranging from grey and brown to reddish-orange. Additionally, this camouflage helps them blend seamlessly into their surroundings, making them efficient hunters and ambush predators.

Moray Eel

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Moray eel. YVC Biology Department, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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Moray eel hunting underwater. Image via Depositphotos

The moray eel (Muraenidae) is a powerful creature in it own right – except instead in water. Moray eels can grow to 5–10 ft (1.5–3 m) in length and weigh over 44 lb (20 kg). They secrete a protective mucus over their scaleless skin, which can be toxic to other animals.


Moray Eel at the reef
Photo of a moray eel taken in the Maldives. Mstroeck at the English-language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via WIkimedia Commons

Moray eels have elongated and streamlined bodies, making them well-adapted for living in freshwater habitats, such as rivers, streams, and swamps.


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Moray eel. YVC Biology Department, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Moray eels usually have either dark brown or grayish spots against white, or whitish spots against brown/gray, which helps them blend into the murky waters where they reside.

The Culinary Encounter

Komodo Dragon via Depositphotos.

The footage captured a Komodo dragon venturing into the shores of a river in search of prey, where it came across a seemingly dead moray eel. The Komodo dragon tried swallowing the eel, only to find the meal too big. How rude! The Komodo dragon was defeated by its meal.

How does the Komodo dragon hunt?

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Komodo Dragon. Image via Deposit Photos

Komodo dragons are ambush predators that use their powerful limbs and muscular bodies to capture and kill prey efficiently.

Why was the Komodo dragon electrocuted by the moray eel?

Close-up of Komodo dragon lying down on the ground in its natural habitat in Komodo island, Indonesia
Close-up of Komodo dragon lying down on the ground in its natural habitat in Komodo island, Indonesia. Image via Deposit Photos

The moray eel likely used an electric shock as a defense mechanism when the Komodo dragon attempted to consume it.

What is the significance of the moray eel’s mucus?

Mediterranean Moray, Muraena helena, Cabo Cope Puntas del Calnegre Natural Park, Mediterranean Sea, Murcia, Spain, Europe. Image via depositphotos

The mucus of moray eels can be toxic, serving as a defense mechanism against predators and helping protect them from infections.

What is the diet of a Komodo dragon?

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Komodo Dragon with tongue out. Image via Deposit Photos

Komodo dragons primarily feed on large prey such as deer, pigs, and water buffalo. They are also known to scavenge carcasses and can consume up to 80% of their body weight in one meal.

How do moray eels hunt their prey?

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Image via depositphotos

Moray eels are ambush predators that hide in crevices and strike quickly to catch fish, octopuses, and crustaceans with their sharp, backward-facing teeth.

What adaptations help moray eels survive?

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Image via depositphotos

Moray eels have a second set of jaws, called pharyngeal jaws, that help them grip and swallow prey. Their streamlined bodies and toxic mucus also aid in defense and hunting.

Are moray eels dangerous to humans?

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Image via depositphotos

While not typically aggressive, moray eels can inflict serious bites if provoked or threatened. Their bites can cause infections due to the bacteria in their mouths.

How long do Komodo dragons live?

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Attack of a Komodo dragon. The dragon running on sand. The Running Komodo dragon ( Varanus komodoensis ) . Is the biggest living lizard in the world. On island Rinca. Indonesia. Image via DepositPhotos

Komodo dragons have a lifespan of around 30 years in the wild, although they may live longer in captivity due to better care and lack of predators.

What role do Komodo dragons play in their ecosystem?

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Komodo dragon with the forked tongue sniff air. Close up portrait. The Komodo dragon, scientific name: Varanus komodoensis. Indonesia. Image via DepositPhotos

As apex predators, Komodo dragons help control the populations of their prey, maintaining a balance in the ecosystem. They also scavenge, aiding in the decomposition process.

The Video

Komodo Dragon via Depositphotos.
YouTube video
Komodo Fandom on YouTube

I’m sure the Komodo dragon gave that meal a 1 out 5-star review.

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Saturday 23rd of March 2024

Looks like someone intentionally fed it to him. Not a good idea.

Claude Levesque

Friday 22nd of March 2024

most interesting; will sign up right now. Thanks !

Ben Pajeet

Saturday 10th of February 2024

Hello Kiah. I am like to ask you if you and me can make the phuk?

Sunday 11th of February 2024

@Ben Pajeet,

Marcus Kehinde Moroti

Friday 9th of February 2024

Hi Kiah, that's interesting... I couldn't have ever imagined an eel electrifying such a massive beast.

Good work.


Friday 9th of February 2024

Thanks for your information is very interesting and I will be happy to read your comments about the animals and their habitat and thank you again

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