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Rinca Island 4

Posted by
: Helen : (who is currently photographing in, Australia) on 18 March 2016 in Animal & Insect.

Series : Rinca Island, Indonesia


Lying on the ground in front of us …. A Komodo Dragon!

The Komodo dragon is a monitor lizard. It is found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar.

It is the largest living species of lizard, and can grow to 3 metres (10 ft) and weighs approx. 70 kilograms (150 lb).
Source: Wikipedia

They are known for their incredibly toxic bite. They bite their then stalk the prey until it dies. They eat mainly deer, but are known to eat buffalo and lesser animals such as monkeys and enjoy carrion as well. They do not eat the heads of horned animals (seen in previous post) This video shows their hunting technique.

They are known to attack humans. You can not walk in the National Park of Rinca island without a guide who possesses a long forked stick. Yes, it was a bit of a nerve-wracking one and half hour walk!


This island is off the coast of Flores Island in the East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia.

Rinca, pronounced Rincha, is an island with many surprises. If you return to follow this series, you will see why.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/160 second F/4.0 ISO 500 200 mm

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fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

I like this shot... its skin is wonderful...

18 Mar 2016 8:10am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice portrait!
A M A Z I N G !!!!

18 Mar 2016 8:32am

Devi from Chennai, India

Phew !! What a dangerous lizard !!! You are a Brave Heart Helen !!!!
Those eyes and the determined mouth look mean !

18 Mar 2016 9:51am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Oh my . . I face another night of nightmares !

18 Mar 2016 10:30am

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Great explanation. See I told you yesterday to stay clear. Hope you had a long lens on the camera Helen.

18 Mar 2016 4:32pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien les griffes

19 Mar 2016 8:09am

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