Komodo Dragons Kill Indonesian Man: Human Attacks on the Rise

March 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)—This awful story from eastern Indonesia today: Thirty-one year old Muhamad Anwar was attacked and killed by two komodo dragons on Monday after falling from a sugar-apple tree, while picking fruit. When Anwar plunged from the apple tree, two komodo dragons that had been lying in wait below jumped on him viciously biting his hands, legs, neck and other parts of his body. Anwar was rushed to a clinic to the nearby island of Flores, but his wounds were too severe, and he died just a short time after arriving at the small clinic.

Komodo dragons are fierce looking giant reptiles and the largest reptiles known to exist in the world. They can grow up to 10 feet long of hard packed muscle and weigh as much as 150 pounds, having a tail as long as its body. Their teeth and mouth are particularly loathsome; one-inch long rows of 60 serrated teeth, often soaked in blood, with a long, yellow forked tongue. Their saliva contains deadly strains of bacteria, which often kill its victims, if the bites alone don’t, after succumbing to septicemia.

Although Komodo dragons usually eat carrion, they are opportunistic and will also hunt down small prey, such as goats and birds. A human attack is rare, but scientists fear they are on the rise. An eight-year-old boy was brutally attacked and killed by a Komodo dragon in 2007. Reports from the past several years indicate an increase in Komodo bites and attacks in the Islands of Indonesia.

The Indonesian people revere the komodo dragons, believing the creatures to be reincarnations of local family members. The fierce dragons are also protected under Indonesian law and even have a refuge on Komodo Island. In light of the recent attacks on humans, visitors to Indonesia should be well advised of the danger these fascinating but predatory komodo dragons can pose to humans.


4 Responses to “Komodo Dragons Kill Indonesian Man: Human Attacks on the Rise”

  1. ClubPogoGames on March 24th, 2009 10:48 am

    Its a predator, not a bird on a cage

  2. Ro on March 24th, 2009 7:46 pm

    They are reptiles. This is written like they acted with intent; rather, they acted as their nature dictated. The poor man made the error of trespassing into their preserved habitat and the dragons behaved in accordance with their species and instincts. To frame this tragedy with such emotional hyperbole is a mistake.

  3. Sue on March 25th, 2009 7:51 pm

    Thank you for the comments. I don’t think my story as written contains any emotional hyperbole. I stated that human attacks are rare, but recently have increased. I also recognize komodo dragons are creatures in the wild and act on instinct. That being said, they are fierce animals, that tear off whole chunks of a victim’s flesh and swallow it whole. Mr. Anwar suffered a horrific death that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. My thoughts go out to his grieving family.

  4. josh on August 7th, 2010 6:00 pm

    Komodo dragons are known to set up ambush sites and will rush most any prey that happens to go near their ambush site it is likely this man was just unfortunate enough to wander into one of these sites

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