Scientists finally discover deadly secret of Komodo's bite

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    SYDNEY (AFP) – The world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, has a snake-like venom in its bite which sends victims into shock and stops their blood from clotting, according to Australian research.


    It had been widely believed that deadly bacteria in the carnivorous lizard's mouth helped kill its prey.


    But magnetic resonance imagery has for the first time uncovered venom glands containing a shock-inducing poison which increases blood flow and decreases blood pressure, scientists say.


    Lead researcher Bryan Fry said three-dimensional computer imaging comparing the Komodo's bite with that of Australia's saltwater crocodile showed it used a "grip and rip" pulling manoeuvre to tear deep wounds, similar to a shark or sabre cat.


    Fry surgically removed a venom gland from a terminally ill Komodo at Singapore Zoo for the study, and said it contained a highly toxic poison which would induce potent stomach cramps, hypothermia and a drop in blood pressure.


    The venom also blocked the blood's clotting ability, he said.


    "Such a fall in blood pressure would be debilitating in conjunction with blood loss and would render the envenomed prey unable to escape," he said.


    "These results are congruent with the observed unusual quietness and apparent rapid shock of prey items."


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090519/sc_afp/scienceanimalkomodoaustralia
     
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    poco A cat will blink when struck with a hammer.

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    So, they finally caught up with you to study you!
     
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