Learn about Komodo dragons, and your next nightmare may feature one. Don't worry, there are only 4,000 Komodos in the wild, so your chances of encountering one are slim. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the bite of a Komodo dragon.
Rinca Island, in Indonesia, is one of the last places Komodo dragons still roam.
During World War I a pilot crashed on Rinca Island and lived to tell about Komodo dragons.
Komodo dragons are known to be fierce.
A Komodo dragon may devour, unprovoked, a human.
A Komodo may feast on another Komodo, accounting for 10 percent of its diet.
Komodo are the largest of the lizard species.
The largest Komodo weight was 366 pounds (166 kilos) and the length was 10 feet (3 meters).
Some say the dragon must have had a big meal before the weigh-in. It takes only about 20 minutes for a Komodo to eat 80 percent of its body weight.
The Komodo has a flexible jaw and skull, like a snake.
Parthenogenesis is the name for a virgin birth. A Komodo dragon in a U.K. zoo laid eggs without any male contact.
There are about 4,000 Komodo dragons roaming in the wild.
A Komodo has close to 60 serrated teeth.
The Komodo will follow the smell of its next meal for miles, and dine after its prey dies.
Venom in a Komodo's bite may be the reason for the resulting death. Some scientists also believe that a Komodo's bacteria is the cause for the eventual death of its prey.
They eat it, and the bones, hooves and horns.
Komodos do not digest these items, so they cough them up in the form of a gastric pellet.
A gastric pellet is a horrible-smelling ball.
The Komodo is immune to its own poison. Study of its blood could lead to a discovery of a new class of antibiotics.
A cobra's bite will be fatal within minutes.
The Komodo's victim will die within days and the cobra's victim in minutes, but the bite of each animal is lethal.