If you’re unlucky enough to get shipwrecked, you might feel like your luck had changed if you then happened to be washed up on the shores of a beautiful dessert island. But not so, of you happened to be washed up on the shores of a beautiful dessert island that also happened to be home to a Komodo dragon or two.
Komodo dragons are both a) usually hungry and b) not fussy. They’ll eat pretty much anything that gets washed up on the shores of the island they inhabit, including relieved shipwrecked humans who incorrectly believe their luck has changed.
Averaging around 2.5 metres long (compared to the average height of a human being around 1.8 metres) they’re very large creatures. Plus, they can move extremely fast. Not good if you don’t have your wits about you. They also like to hang out in bushes and long grass, stealthily getting ready to pounce on unsuspecting washed up humans or other animals.
If all that wasn’t bad enough, Komodo dragons have razor sharp teeth and attack by injecting poisonous venom. This will then take about three days to kill you, after septicaemia sets in, causing a slow, painful death, ready for the Komodo dragon’s next meal. So, if you find yourself shipwrecked, try not to get washed up on an Indonesian island.