Enter the dragons! Four Komodo dragons stand 8ft long while the reptiles follow and struggle for dominance
- Ranger Konstantinus Muga stumbled over the four-sided colossal fight
- Video shows two dragons facing each other before they take action while fighting
- Two other Komodo dragons then join the free-for-all before a victor emerges
- Konstantinus speculated that the winner stood on his hind legs for more than 8 feet
Four Komodo dragons struggled for dominance in a fierce battle of 10 minutes before a huge lizard over 8 meters in length finally prevailed.
Unsuspecting forester Konstantinus Muga patrolled Komodo National Park on Komodo Island, Indonesia, when he encountered the fight.
Video he filmed shows two dragons facing each other before they take action, using their powerful tails to jump on their hind legs.
With bared teeth bared, they use their frightening claws to pull and punch together before one succeeds in pinching the other.
Meanwhile, two other lizards stomp before the immobile group of four suddenly splits into a chaotic free-for-all.
They fight in pairs before the three start sparring.
Finally the largest Komodo dragon reigns – estimated by Konstantinus to be longer than 8 feet long, while lying on top of one of his conquered victims.
Konstantinus called the fight an “incredible sight” and added: “I have seen many couples fight, but never such a group fight.
“They went on for 10 minutes in total and it was great.
“None of them were injured in the fight.”
Unsuspecting forester Konstantinus Muga patrolled Komodo National Park on Komodo Island, Indonesia when he encountered the fight
Video he filmed shows two dragons facing each other before they take action, with their powerful tails to jump on their hind legs
Here are dragons: how Europeans first became afraid of the Komodo
Komodo dragon people have grabbed the popular imagination since they were discovered by Europeans in 1910.
The existence of a 20ft ‘land crocodile’ was first brought to the attention Lieutenant Jacques Karel Henri van Steyn van Hensbroek, a member of the occupied Dutch colonies. He went hunting and killed a 6ft dragon.
Peter Ouwens became the first Western scientist to write a formal description of the animal in 1912.
In 1926 William Douglas Burden went on an expedition to examine the animals and call them ‘dragons’.
The first dragons were captured and exhibited in Europe in London in 1927.
Komodo dragon fighters for territory or female mating partners in this exemplary way, spinning the other with their body weight.
The species is the largest existing – or living – of lizards in the world, in rare cases with a length of 10ft and a weight of up to 150lb.
More than 4000 lizards come from Komodo National Park on Komodo Island, part of the Lesser Sunda chain of Indonesian islands.
Their bites have been claimed to be toxic because biologists note two glands in the jaw that secrete toxic proteins.
Komodo dragons hunt Timor deer, but have also attacked people.
Young members of the species live in trees, where they are safe from other predators and even Komodo cannibals.
Maturation can take up to nine years, and Komodo dragons have turned 30.
The lizards were first discovered by Western scientists in 1910. The first two living Komodo dragons that arrived in Europe were exhibited in 1927 at the London Zoo.
In the wild, the number of Komodo dragons has declined due to human activity, making the IUCN the species vulnerable.
They are protected according to Indonesian law.
Two other lizards stomp for the motionless group of four to suddenly split into a chaotic free-for-all. They fight in pairs before the three start sparring
Human against monster: human victims of Komodo dragon attacks
Although attacks on people are rare, Komodo dragon people are responsible for various fatalities – both in the wild and in captivity.
According to the data from Komodo National Park from 1974 to 2012, there were 24 reported attacks on people, five of which were fatal.
Most of the victims were locals. Reports of attacks include:
- 1974: Baron Rudolf Reding von Bibiregg, a visiting Swiss tourist, disappeared. It is thought that he was killed and eaten by Komodo dragons;
- 2001: Phil Bronstein, a journalist and former husband of actress Sharon Stone, was attacked by a Komodo dragon at the LA zoo;
- 2007: A boy, eight, was killed by a Komodo dragon on Komodo Island;
- 2008: Five divers were stranded on Rinca Island and were attacked by Komdo dragons. They were saved two days later;
- 2009: Muhamad Anwar, a local Komodo island, was killed by two Komodo dragons after falling from a tree while picking sugar apples;
- 2017: Lon Lee All, a tourist from Singapore, was attacked by a Komodo dragon on Komodo Island. He survived, but suffered serious leg injuries
Finally the largest Komodo dragon reigns, estimated by Konstantinus to be longer than 8ft, while lying on top of one of his conquered victims