Strange Photo: Komodo Dragons “Hugging”

This strange photo of Komodo dragons fighting was taken at just the right moment so they appear to be engaged in a happy hug.

It does not appear to be a well known image. TinEye has never heard of it.

It was posted on Instagram with credit to Muhtesem Doga but Google Translate says “Muhteşem doğa fotoğrafları” is Turkish for “gorgeous nature photos” so I don’t think @joysafaribay got the photo credit correct.

There could be a person in Turkey named Gorgeous Nature.

If you know the real name of the photographer leave a comment.

Komodo dragons can be seen in the Komodo National Park, in Indonesia. The park, part of and area with huge biodiversity, includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones.

Here is a YouTube video of a Komodo dragon fight:

Komodo dragons are the largest known living species of lizards and, just so you know, they are deadly. They have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom that can kill a person within hours of a bite. They don’t normally go after humans, but they can. They do sometimes attack humans seemingly unprovoked, so keep a safe distance if you visit them.

The big lizards seem pretty slow. You could just outrun them, right? Perhaps. They can sprint almost as fast as the average running speed of a healthy adult human.

Komodo dragons are solitary, coming together only to breed and eat. They are capable of running rapidly in brief sprints up to 20 km/h (12 mph), diving up to 4.5 m (15 ft), and climbing trees proficiently when young through use of their strong claws.

Via Wikipedia

While the current fastest human on record, Usain Bolt, ran nearly 28 mph and although humans could potentially run up to 40 mph, the average running speed of a “healthy” adult human is probably somewhere in the range of 10-15 miles per hour. 

Can you run 15 mph? If so, you’re probably fast enough for Komodo dragon evasion … unless you meet the Komodo dragon Usain Bolt.

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