Encounter with Komodo dragons

These big lizards that are found only on the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Dasami and Gili Motang are not sweet little lizards that you can approach or even pet. I went to meet them in two different national parks. You want to know more, it’s here.

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National Park on Komodo Island

This park is the most famous but not necessarily the best, the other parks on the other islands are much better worth seeing because it found rangers who will explain more precisely the living Komodo dragons.

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So we landed in this park by boat on a very large pontoon. First step, our group (13 people) surrounds the guides on the front of the map of the island inscribed with the different courses (small, medium and large trek). We will do this medium!

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Three guides and no less come with us. One leads the way and it is strictly forbidden to overtake him, the second is the middle of the group and the third, you’ll understand, closes the group. They are armed with long wooden sticks to scare the lizards who try to attack us.

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Komodo dragons are aggressive and dangerous animals when they are hungry and angry but are not fast, so we have time to see them coming… We saw one on the beginning but all the others were in the process of ” laze ” on the sun. Indeed, Komodo dragons eat once 40 kilos of food, enough for them all the next month. While the rest of the time they are static, recharging the batteries in the sun.

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We mostly saw dragons near homes guides, where is the food that dragons are trying to steal permanently. The villages located on the island are often attacked and sometimes there are accidents especially with young children. Imagine waking up every morning and have to look out the window first to see if a big beast is not on your terrace?

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We made a stop in the woods to take pictures with dragons. Incredibly, the guide approached a dragon walking, told him “stay” and it was just lying down and did not move for photos! Domesticated dragons ???? Well, I assure you, we will absolutely not take pictures next to the dragon in question. Three guide surrounded the people photographed, posted about 3 meters behind the dragons and an optical effect, the guide took pictures where we seem to side trying to touch. We are not crazy either …

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National Park on the island of Rinca

We also arrive by boat but this time, it’s a small jetty where we moor amidst the mangroves. It is very beautiful. Other small fishing boats are around. There is a sign indicating “attention area of crocodiles”! No swimming in the mangroves so…!!

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We handle a little bit before reaching the entrance where buffalo skulls throne. Is this are the remains of meals Komodo dragons?

Then the rangers came with us. They are just two of them this time but know a lot more about these great beasts and give us full information. The path we take starts in the forest where we cross a big buffalo about to make a mud bath.

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We did not see dragons at the beginning but again, next to houses, but then nothing while walking.

On the ballad ends with a beautiful view where you can see the bay and small islands opposite. All surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Sea of the Sonde (or Flores Sea). It is a picture postcard. It starts to rain lightly on the back (rainy season!) And we did not hang around!

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In way back, near the entrance, there are the dragons that we saw at the beginning, who did not move a muscle!

Did you know ?

  • The female dragons lay up to 30 or 40 eggs at once but only 5 or 6 will survive after nine months (yes, like humans). The female buried in a hole it digs amid other identical holes to fool other predators. It is hypocritical because 9 months after she comes back to watch out to eat her babies!! Nice!. And yes, Komodo dragons are carnivores and cannibals but especially the “parents” eat their young! A true fairy tale!
  • Survival instinct forces, small babies (which does not measure more than 30 centimeters) know how to run quickly from birth and flee to hide in the tree tops.
  • These lizards can be between 2 and 3 meters long and weigh 70 to 140 kilograms and claws can be up to 5 cm. We also did not want to take a swipe ….

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  • Its bite is venomous and therefore deadly, like a snake (they have the same language elsewhere that allow them to feel the smell !!). The blood coagulates more than usual and so … you die !! And that’s not counting the incredible number of bacteria that contains the mouth contaminating the wound. Generally his prey escape but died several days later of infection.

 

If you made the boat ride from Bali to Flores, is a beautiful experience !!

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