Imagine Giant Poisonous Lizards

It was widely considered for many years that the world’s largest and most dangerous lizard, the Komodo Dragon of Indonesia, had necrotic bites swarming with millions of deadly bacteria that would turn bite-wounds septic and slowly and painfully kill its prey. It has recently been discovered that Komodo Dragons in fact have hemotoxic venom that accomplishes the slow, painful killing without the help of bacteria whatsoever.

This leads to another frightening conclusion: that the now extinct giant lizard, Megalania prisca, estimated at lengths of up to seven meters, was quite possibly also poisonous. This monster was known to have existed in Australia and Indonesia as recently as 40,000 years ago, and is an excellent candidate for the dragon legends that permeate Asian culture.

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