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Here be dragons

Duration: 03:47

Recent research now seems to show that the Komodo dragons are highly venomous. So it's not just the toxic brew of bacteria living in their mouths, but the anti-coagulant properities in their venom which helps to disable their prey: making the dragon the largest venomous animal in the world. Around the research station, the dragons can be easily found, making the day's work for the rangers much more interesting. Stephen Fry is apprehensive about meeting these dangerous animals and isn't impressed by their looks. The ranger tries to love his job in spite of the danger. They can eat 80% of their own weight in one sitting. They use their forked tongues to detect the direction of a smell, almost like a stereo system. It's so powerful they can detect smells from over 4km away.

Available since: Fri 25 Sep 2009

Credits

Presenter
Stephen Fry
Presenter
Mark Carwardine
Director
John Davidson
Producer
John Davidson
Executive Producer
Sam Organ
Executive Producer
Andre Singer

This clip is from

Last Chance to See Series 1, Komodo Dragon

4/6 Mark and Stephen attempt to track down the deadly Komodo dragon.

First broadcast: 27 Sep 2009

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