Komodo is a small island located in the Pacific Ring of Fire. But it is not known for its volcanic origin. Not even for its magnificent and varied landscapes, which vary from the dry and arid aspect of its beaches to the leafy semitropical forests of its mountains. In fact, this island is famous for housing large dragons that have little to envy of the typical fairy tales.
Although in this case they do not kidnap princesses, but they are the ones who are stolen for their illegal trade. And that’s precisely why the island will be closed to the public from next January 2020, according to a recent report in the Indonesian newspaper Tempo.
The decision, announced on March 29 by representatives of the administration of the province of East Nusa Tenggara and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, was taken after East Java police denounced the theft of 41 specimens for black market trade. The animals were finally sold abroad at a price of 500 million Icelandic rupees, equivalent to about 35.000 dollars each.
According to the World Animal Foundation, it is estimated that only 6,000 wild animals remain in the world, all of them within Komodo National Park, although not on the island, where only about 1,800 live.
These are really large animals, three meters long and up to 70 kilograms of weight. It is believed that they may come from a superlagart population very widespread in antiquity, the vast majority of which would disappear along with other representatives of the Pleistocene.
They are truly terrible hunters, who round up their prey and then attack them with their poisonous bite. This is often said because their saliva contains an anticoagulant substance, which causes prey to bleed out quickly. In addition, a large amount of pathogenic bacteria live in its mouth, so if any animal manages to escape the tears of its teeth without bleeding out in the attempt, it will probably die from an infection.