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Fear of Komodo dragon bacteria wrapped in myth

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A team led by a University of Queensland researcher has proven that the fearsome Komodo dragon is a victim of bad press.

It has long been believed that Komodo dragon bites were fatal because of toxic bacteria in the reptiles' mouths.

But ground-breaking research by The University of Queensland's Associate Professor Bryan Fry and colleagues in the United States has found that the mouths of Komodo dragons are surprisingly ordinary and the levels and types of bacteria do not differ from any other carnivore.

This presents a powerful challenge to how most scientists and zookeepers have viewed the Komodo dragon.
 
 

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