By Josie July 24th, 2023
Witness a display of Komodo Dragon cannibalism in this raw and primal footage where a Komodo Dragon Eats another one whole!
Cannibalism in animals occurs due to various factors, primarily resource scarcity, stress, population density, and as a reproductive strategy.
Cannibalism is particularly prevalent among adult females, accounting for up to 10% of their diet.
First, the lifeless body of a smaller komodo dragon is hanging out of the larger komodo dragon's mouth.
Within less than a minute, it is only the tip of the smaller komodo’s tail that is visible.
The footage leaves us with a harsh reminder of nature’s cruel circle of life.
Komodo dragons, nature’s most formidable lizards, are apex predators, feeding primarily on carrion.
However, they also ambush live prey which includes invertebrates, birds, and mammals.
Their meals range from small rodents to large water buffaloes.
Komodo Dragons will ram carcasses against trees to force its prey down their throat, in an attempt to speed up the digestive process.
They are known for their remarkable eating capacity, capable of consuming up to 80% of their body weight in a single feeding.
Komodo dragons can digest bones, hooves, and even fur, thanks to their highly acidic stomach.