The venom sends victims into shock and prevents blood from clotting. This discovery was made when a MRI uncovered venom glands containing a shock-inducing poison which increases blood flowand decreases blood pressure. After the discovery was made, the team surgically removed a venom gland from a terminally ill Komodo. Further analysis of the poison revealed that the bite would cause stomach cramps, hypothermia. low blood pressure, and poor platelet performance. Not a fun way to go. The research team also discovered that the Komodo Dragon, like saltwater crocodiles and sharks, use a “grip and rip” method of killing prey, which includes birds and mammals.
This fascinating species is only found on a handful of islands on the Indonesian archapeligo. They are considered to be threatened/vulnerable as there are only about 4,500 in the wild.